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Police officer sentenced to life in prison without parole for raping 7-year-old girl

By Mason White 10:10 AM January 6, 2016
Michael Thomassie 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A police officer will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping a young girl.

41-year-old Michael Thomassie of New Orleans, Louisiana, was found guilty of raping the 7-year-old girl, while she was in his care.

Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier sentenced Thomassie to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found him guilty of aggravated rape.

Thomassie was accused of raping the 7-year-old daughter of his then girlfriend in 2003. The victim was in second grade at the time. Thomassie decided not to testify in his own defense.

Prosecutors Tiffany Tucker and Laura Rodrigue told the jury that the mother of the victim was a drug addict who was financially depended on Thomassie.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said that he was taking immediate steps to fire Thomassie. “There is no place in this department for officials who decide to commit acts of violence,” he said.

Thomassie was a 13-year veteran of the police department. He was placed on administrative reassignment when the Public Integrity Bureau and Child Abuse Unit launched a joint investigation into the rape allegations.