New Orleans police officer booked with rape

Desmond Pratt
Desmond Pratt

New Orleans police booked one of their own with forcible rape on Wednesday after police said a 15-year-old girl accused the man of sexually assaulting her.

Desmond Pratt, who has been an officer for 15 years, was arrested at his home, according to Remi Braden, a police spokeswoman. Pratt was placed on emergency suspension without pay after his arrest.

Police released few details on the incident, citing a desire to protect the identity of the victim.

Pratt was given a $50,000 bond on Thursday but posted it by the early afternoon. Pratt will be monitored by the court after his release. At the time of his arrest, Pratt was working in the department’s Sixth District.

Pratt previously worked as a homicide detective and in the department’s Community Public Housing Force, according to police. He helped investigate several slayings related to the high-profile investigation around notorious narcotics figure Telly Hankton.

In 2006 Pratt’s wife, Jonie, accused three white police officers of beating her during a traffic stop and later filed a federal lawsuit. A witness reported that Jonie Pratt was dragged from her car by her hair and beaten after she was accused of running a stop sign and then resisting arrest. Police investigated the incident, and the lawsuit was later settled.

One of the officers involved in the incident with Pratt’s wife was Jason Giroir, who was later involved in the fatal shooting of Justin Sipp in March 2012. Giroir eventually resigned after police learned he published racially inflammatory comments on a local news website following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.