A New Orleans Police officer who has remained suspended from duty without pay since April, was indicted by a Grand Jury today in three separate cases involving the sexual abuse of minors.
The first indictment against Desmond Pratt involved the aggravated rape of a 15-year-old girl. An NOPD investigation into the allegations led Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) detectives to arrest Pratt on April 17th of this year. At that time, Pratt was immediately placed on Emergency Suspension from the department without pay. The Grand Jury today indicted Pratt on charges of Forcible Rape of a Minor and Sexual Battery of a Minor in this case.
After Pratt’s arrest was reported in April, a Texas resident contacted NOPD to reveal that she, too, was victimized by him in 1997, when she was a student at a New Orleans public school. NOPD’s Special Victims Unit Sergeant Arnold Williams and PIB Sergeant Darryl Watson traveled to Texas to interview this complainant, and the information they obtained led the Grand Jury to also indict Pratt today on the charge of “Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile” in this case.
The sergeants’ investigation also revealed that a complaint of sexual abuse was filed with NOPD against Pratt on December 4, 2001. In that case, the victim alleged that Pratt sexually violated her when she was a student at a different New Orleans public school. The case was investigated by Child Abuse and PIB at that time, and was determined to be inconclusive. Sergeant Williams and Watson reopened this case after the recent allegations, and the information they gathered led the Grand Jury to indict Pratt with Sexual Battery on a Minor in this case.
Pratt was most recently assigned to the Sixth District and joined the NOPD in 1997.
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Contact: Remi Braden