NOPD officer arrested for domestic violence, suspended from the force

According to NOPD, Officer Robert Dees was arrested by the public integrity bureau after allegations of domestic abuse were made against him.

NEW ORLEANS - He's been on the force for 13 years, but now 34-year-old Robert Dees could face time on the other side of the jail bars.

According to the NOPD, Officer Robert Dees was arrested by the Public Integrity Bureau after allegations of domestic abuse. The NOPD also tells Eyewitness News these allegations were backed up by witnesses on the scene. 

Police wouldn't elaborate about the case, but according to information on the Orleans Parish website, Dees was arrested on Christmas Eve and was released on a $350 bond. 

"It rattles me a little bit because I've yet to see a bond that low," Nia Weeks said. 

Weeks works with the Organization "Women with a Vision" and is also a criminal defense attorney.
 
"The consequences for domestic abuse battery...up to 6 months in jail, a significant amount of fines and fees, 26 weeks of domestic violence classes. Four days in jail or 60 hours of community service," Weeks said. 

Weeks says often times there is a spike in domestic abuse cases this time of the year. 

"There's absolutely a spike in domestic violence and abusive of children, violence among family members. Increases during the holiday season starting around thanksgiving. You see a significant increases in the cases that happen," Weeks said. 

The NOPD released a statement about the incident saying "Allegations of Domestic Abuse are taken very seriously by NOPD and are investigated throughly." 

Eyewitness News also reached out to Dee's attorney Donovan Livaccari who also released a short statement saying, "We look forward to the investigation of this matter and we are confident that Officer Dees will be cleared in the end."

It's still unclear who the alleged victim was in this case. 

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