The U.S. Marshals Service issued a statement disclosing the results of a two-month operation that they had sponsored in New Orleans, Louisiana which ran from August 1 thorough September 30 and focused on Sex Offender Registry compliance.
During the course of Operation "New Orleans Saints and Sinners 2020" 131 checks were conducted by the US Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch in cooperation with local authorities.
As a result of those checks, local and state agencies made 45 arrests, 27 of which were arrested for violations related to the Louisiana Sex Offender Registry.
“This operation shows what our continuing federal, state, and local law enforcement partnerships can accomplish,” said U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana Scott Illing. “Recent news reports suggest that tabs are not being kept on sex offenders, but we have been engaged in these partnerships to track fugitive sex offenders for well over a decade and provide funding to support compliance checks. I am proud of the work being done by our partners and the USMS New Orleans Task Force.”
During the course of the operation, the Marshals also partnered with the New Orleans Police Department Special Victims Section concerning several ongoing cases.
One of those cases saw an unnamed man that had evacuated during Hurricane Laura arrested at a hotel he was staying at on charges of sexual battery and indecent behavior on a 10-year-old girl.
An additional unnamed individual was identified only as a 36-year-old make that had been previously convicted for the molestation of an 11-year-old victim. He was found to be in violation of his requirements to register as a sex offender and faced new charges of sexual battery and indecent behavior with a 14-year-old victim.
Another man was arrested in Gretna, Louisiana on an outstanding warrant for the first degree rape of a child under 13, sexual battery, and indecent behavior with juveniles. The charges relate to two victims, a male and female, that have alleged assault when they were under the age of 10. There is reportedly another victim that was 16-years-old.
During the time frame of the operation, there was an additional arrest of a 13-year-old veteran with the New Orleans Police Department for sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.
On September 25, Senior Police Officer Rodney Vicknair, 53, was charged with sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and malfeasance in office. He was arrested at his home in St. Tammany Parish without incident and has been placed on immediate emergency suspension.