A 26-year veteran officer of the NOPD has been suspended without pay after being arrested on two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and two counts of sexual battery on a juvenile.

The charges have been filed against officer Willie Gant, Sr.

The NOPD says it launched an investigation Monday and issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook placed Gant on emergency suspension without pay.

Gant was most recently assigned to the mounted patrol unit in the NOPD's Eighth District.