A former New Orleans Police Department officer who was once lauded as a role model for young men pleaded guilty to a series of sexual assaults in court on Monday.
Marcellus White, 46, pleaded guilty as charged to five counts of sexual battery of a victim under the age of 13. Criminal District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier sentenced him to 25 years in prison under the terms of his deal with prosecutors.
Assistant District Attorney Boncycle Thornton said the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office agreed to the plea deal to spare White’s victims the trauma of testifying at trial. White would have faced a statutory maximum of 99 years in prison for the five charges in his indictment.
Police officers packed the courtroom for White’s sentencing. Two of them spoke directly to the former officer, who resigned after his arrest, to express their disgust.
“I pray that every day you sit in that jail cell you think upon that awful crime you committed on the victims in this case,” said Sgt. Regina Williams. “You used a fraternity, a karate school and worst of all you used the New Orleans Police Department to hurt innocent kids. You should feel like the scum of the earth.”
Sgt. Julie Jacobs was even more blunt.
“I have never in investigating a police officer seen such feckless, faithless behavior … we take an oath, and you have dishonored this oath beyond words,” she said.
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