|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2015
|NOPD OFFICER SUSPENDED AFTER JURY FINDS HIM GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED RAPE|
|NEW ORLEANS–Tonight, the NOPD announced that Officer Michael Thomassie has been placed on emergency suspension without pay after a jury found him guilty of aggravated rape. Thomassie, a 13-year-veteran of the NOPD, has been on administrative reassignment since July 2014 when the Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) and Child Abuse Unit launched a joint investigation into allegations that he raped a 7-year-old female in October 2003.
Tonight, after a two-day trial, a jury found Thomassie guilty of aggravated rape. Thomassie was immediately arrested and remanded to prison.
"I am disgusted by the unspeakable actions of this officer, and based on this conviction, I am taking immediate steps to remove him from within our ranks," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "There is no place in this department for officers who choose to commit acts of violence. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim, her family and the family of Officer Thomassie during this tragic situation."
PIB will begin the Civil Service termination process immediately.