New Orleans officer arrested for sexual battery of teenager

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans police officer has been arrested on charges involving what the police department called “an inappropriate relationship with an underage minor.”

Rodney Vicknair, a 13-year veteran of the department, is accused in the arrest warrant of sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and malfeasance in office, the New Orleans Police Department announced late Saturday.

Authorities said Vicknair was arrested Friday at his home in St. Tammany Parish and was placed on immediate suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Allegations against one of our own involving a juvenile is reprehensible,” New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said in a statement. “Upon learning of the situation, the NOPD took swift action against the accused officer. New Orleans police officers are held to a higher standard. We will not tolerate behavior that compromises the public trust or violates the law.”

It wasn't immediately clear Sunday if Vicknair had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. No further details about the allegations were provided, and the department didn't immediately respond to a message seeking further information.