Former Calcasieu first assistant district attorney pleads guilty to obscenity

Published: Feb. 26, 2015 at 12:21 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 26, 2015 at 6:36 PM CDT
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Ronnie Rossitto (KPLC file photo)
Ronnie Rossitto (KPLC file photo)

A former Calcasieu first assistant district attorney has pleaded guilty to obscenity and giving alcohol to a person under 21.

Ronnie Rossitto entered a guilty plea this week in Orleans Parish.

Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier confirms the obscenity charge stems from an allegation of improper touching. He says the victim was 19 to 20 years of age.

DeRosier says the incident happened about six months ago in New Orleans. He says Rossitto resigned last July.

"He was sentenced to, I think, two years, suspended, placed on probation for several years and I think fined approximately a thousand dollars," said DeRosier.

He admits it is a difficult situation for those in his office.

"It was very upsetting to everybody here at the district attorney's office. Ronnie has been here at this office longer than, I think, anyone else. He's been here 36 years, and this whole situation is very unfortunate," said DeRosier.

DeRosier says Rossitto had retired as first assistant a couple of years ago and had been rehired as an assistant district attorney.

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