NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A second man has come forward, saying the former lead detective with the NOPD’s pedophile unit raped him when he was a boy and showed him pictures of dead children to intimidate him. This comes after New Orleans police confirmed they’re investigating new sexual assault allegations against that former detective and convicted pedophile, Stanley Burkhardt.
Vic Groomer said Burkhardt repeatedly raped him in the 1970s, starting when he was 8 years old.
“He’s a dangerous, dangerous person,” Groomer said. “He doesn’t need to be on the street, he needs to be in jail.”
Groomer said Burkhardt showed him pictures of dead children, including one he believes was a teen named “Eddie.” Another alleged victim, Richard Windmann, had already told us that Burkhardt threatened him with a picture of a dead teen named “Eddie” when he refused to listen.
According to a Times-Picayune/States-Item newspaper article, the body of a teen named Eddie Wells was found floating in the Mississippi River near the Desire Street wharf in 1982. The coroner at the time believed the 17-year-old drowned, but Burkhardt, the detective on the case, told reporter Walt Philbin he was convinced that Wells was murdered.
“I know there’s more...more kids out there,” Groomer said.
Groomer believes there are many more victims, and tonight he wants those victims to know this: “They don’t have to own it…it doesn’t belong to them. If you’re struggling, there’s help. Even if you don’t come forward to tell your story, to have an impact on Stanley Burkhardt’s freedom, it doesn’t matter if you are struggling. There is help out there. There is freedom. Because freedom - and there’s joy, and there’s peace, and there’s happiness to be had.”
Groomer said he has given a statement about Burkhardt to New Orleans police, while Windmann said he’s the victim in a new NOPD sexual assault investigation involving Burkhardt.
In response to the death of Eddie Wells, the NOPD said while “the incident has not been reclassified as a homicide and, therefore, a suspect has not been named, investigators are methodically gathering available evidence to determine whether any allegations are credible and can be substantiated.”
Burkhardt was eventually removed as the head of the NOPD pedophile unit. He was convicted of numerous sex crimes in the 1980s and 1990s. He served time in federal prison but was released in March of 2015.
According to an online sex offender registry, he is now living and working in New Orleans. We have gone to the address listed on Burkhardt’s sex offender registry twice now. A neighbor confirmed he lives there, but we have been unable to reach him for comment.