A Louisiana State Police trooper is on administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated rape of a juvenile, officials said.
Leander Journee, 36, was arrested by New Orleans police Tuesday.
Investigators with the New Orleans Police Department said the rape was reported June 11 at a home in the 6200 block of Waldo Drive.
Members of the NOPD’s Special Victims Section Child Abuse Unit were notified the rape involved an underage girl. Journee was identified as the suspect and arrested on a warrant, investigators said Wednesday.
A spokesperson for State Police confirmed Journee was most recently a state trooper.
“Immediately upon being notified of the serious allegations, the department placed him on administrative leave and recovered all State Police property.” said Col. Kevin Reeves, State Police superintendent. “This is an independent criminal investigation by the New Orleans Police Department. We trust the investigative process and have offered any assistance they may need.”
Journee was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on a charge of third-degree rape, police said.
Additional details were not released.