Former NOPD officer Rodney Vicknair sentenced to 14 years for sexually assaulting teen girl

Published: Mar. 14, 2023 at 9:55 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 14, 2023 at 10:14 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Former New Orleans police officer Rodney Vicknair was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday (March 14) for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

However, Vicknair will not have to register as a sex offender after his release.

NOPD Senior Police Officer Rodney Vicknair was arrested for allegedly engaging in an...
NOPD Senior Police Officer Rodney Vicknair was arrested for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with an underage minor.(St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office)

A lawsuit filed by the 14-year-old girl’s mother says Vicknair was dispatched to their home to transport her daughter to have a rape test done. Over the course of several months, the suit claims Vicknair visited the girl multiple times and raped her at least twice.

Vicknair was arrested in 2020 and pleaded guilty in hopes of receiving a lighter, seven-year sentence. That deal was not accepted by the judge.

“The prosecutor and the defense attorney tried to do a 11c1c where they agree on the amount of years,” Fox 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti said. “They forgot one thing; you got to get the judge to agree on the same thing. In this case, Judge [Lance] Africk didn’t think there was enough time. So he said go away and come back and they came back with a bigger number they agreed on.”

The second plea deal calls for Vicknair to spend 14 years behind bars and five years of supervised release. Vicknair will not have to register as a sex offender, despite the victim’s mother’s plea to the judge.

“I’m going to guess it was a trade-off,” Raspanti said. “They doubled the years from seven to 14, so maybe as a little bit of a carrot they said ‘you don’t have to register.’”

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The Office of Independent Police Monitor says the guilty verdict and sentence should serve as an example for public servants who commit sex crimes in their communities.

“We want to ensure that an individual like this will never be given the opportunity to wear the badge again,” Stella Cziment said.

Vicknair will remain on house arrest until he reports to prison on May 15.

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