By: Crystal Bonvillian / kiro7.com

Source: kiro7.com

NEW ORLEANS — The family of a teenage New Orleans girl has filed a federal lawsuit against a former New Orleans police officer accused of sexually abusing the girl, who he was assigned to drive to a hospital after a previous sexual assault.

Rodney Vicknair was arrested in September on charges of sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and malfeasance in office. The victim was 14 years old at the time of the alleged crimes and had already survived child sex abuse, according to her family’s lawyers.

“He preyed on a single mother and her young daughter, a rape survivor, by positioning himself as a role model and protective male figure in their lives,” attorney Hope Phelps told VICE News in a statement. “He then used that position to create distrust between them, isolating his target from her mother. He escalated from sexualizing the young girl to sexual assault and rape.”

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