INTERNATIONAL: New Orleans police officer gets life behind bars in rape of 7-year-old girl

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INTERNATIONAL: New Orleans police officer gets life behind bars in rape of 7-year-old girl
Michael Thomassie, 41, got his mandatory life sentence Tuesday in the 2003 rape of a girl who was 7 years old at the time. *Photo credit: New York Daily News
Michael Thomassie, 41, got his mandatory life sentence Tuesday in the 2003 rape of a girl who was 7 years old at the time. *Photo credit: New York Daily News
Michael Thomassie, 41, got his mandatory life sentence Tuesday in the 2003 rape of a girl who was 7 years old at the time. *Photo credit: New York Daily News

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – A New Orleans police officer who was convicted of raping a 7-year-old girl will spend the rest of his life behind bars after his sentencing Tuesday.

The lifetime term without probation or parole for Michael Thomassie, 41, follows a trial marked by prosecutors’ seizure of the cellphone they said Thomassie used to send raunchy texts to his girlfriend and a courtroom selfie. A jury convicted the 13-year veteran cop Aug. 20 of the aggravated rape of his then-girlfriend’s daughter, a second-grader, in 2003.

One fellow Orleans Parish inmate drew a 950-day contempt of court penalty by heckling Thomassie when he stood in front of the judge Tuesday, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans reported.

“Put him in a cell with me! I’ll turn him over and make him a mop!” Erik Beasley yelled amid a series of outbursts.

The victim, a 19-year-old woman who isn’t being identified because she is a rape victim, testified in the case that she had thought of Thomassie as her stepfather. Prosecutors said the financial dependence of the victim’s substance-abusing mother on Thomassie led in part to the decades-long delay in cuffing and trying Thomassie, according to the Times-Picayune.

The victim’s father praised lead prosecutor Parish Assistant District Attorney Laura Rodrigue’s handling of the case

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