New Orleans police officer found guilty in kidnapping case

New Orleans police officer found guilty in kidnapping case

POSTED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 3:17pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 3:41pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) -- A New Orleans Police Department officer was found guilty Tuesday night on charges of aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping.

The charges against Officer Henry Hollins, 47, stemmed from an incident in July 2009.

The Times-Picayune reported that Hollins took the stand in his own defense Monday night, saying he did not sexually assault a woman in a warehouse by the Mississippi River in the summer of 2009.

Hollins said he let the woman go after stopping her that night for refusing to cooperate with police, the newspaper reported. Hollins said he gave her condoms because he believed her to be a prostitute, and she had told him that she was HIV-positive, according to the Times-Picayune.

Prosecutors, however, displayed sex toys, a bag of used condoms and sex products, among other things as evidence, according to the Times-Picayune. Prosecutors also pointed out that Hollins never called dispatch to tell them that the woman had been detained.

A prosecutor in the case said the trial had been expected to last about 4 1/2 to five days. The case went to the jury on Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m., after closing arguments at about 10 a.m.

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