A New Orleans police officer who was booked in April after a 15-year-old girl accused him of sexual assault now faces allegations dating back to the late 1990s involving two more teenage victims, according to a state grand jury indictment handed up Thursday.
Desmond Pratt, Sr., 43, a former NOPD homicide detective with 15 years on the force, now faces charges of aggravated incest, sexual battery and carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Criminal District Judge Julian Parker upped his bond to $500,000.
Pratt had been free on $50,000 bond and assigned an electronic monitor since not long after his arrest, online court records show. A Sixth District cop before his arrest, he has since remained on suspension without pay, according to the department.
The indictment repeats the accusation of aggravated incest of a 15-year-old girl from Pratt’s April arrest. But it also adds new counts of alleged sexual battery of a then-15-year-old girl sometime between August and December of 2001 and alleged carnal knowledge of a 13-year-old sometime from August 17, 1997 to a year later.
After the initial charges against Pratt were filed in April, a Texas woman contacted New Orleans Police Department investigators to say that she was abused by Pratt in 1997 while a student at a New Orleans public school, according to an NOPD news release. Sgt. Arnold Williams, a sex crimes investigator, and Sgt. Darryl Watson, with the NOPD’s internal affairs division, interviewed the woman in Texas.