New Orleans police officer convicted of raping 7-year-old girl

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - After a two-day trial, a jury has found NOPD Officer Michael Thomassie guilty of aggravated rape. The New Orleans Police Department announced Thursday night that Thomassie has been placed on emergency suspension without pay.

Thomassie had been on administrative reassignment since July 2014 when allegations first surfaced that he raped a 7-year-old girl in October 2003.

'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.'

After the ruling, the 13-year veteran of the NOPD was immediately arrested.