- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A former Calcasieu Parish First Assistant District Attorney has pleaded not guilty in state district court to charges of sexual battery and malfeasance.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) Ronnie Rossitto is accused of fondling a man whom he was helping get his license reinstated.

Because all nine judges in 14th Judicial District Court have recused themselves, retired Judge Ward Fontenot presided. Attorney Walt Sanchez entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Rossitto, who was not present in court.

Motions on the case are expected to be heard May 29.

Rossitto is out of jail on $25,000 bond.

“The charges stem from a January 2013 incident in which Rossitto inappropriately groped a man in his office after offering to help the victim get his driver’s license reinstated,” Laura Gerdes Colligan, with the state Attorney General’s Office, said in a news release when Rossitto was indicted in February. “Rossitto allegedly gave the victim documentation needed for reinstatement and $100 cash for a reinstatement fee. Upon leaving, the victim alleges Rossitto inappropriately touched him.”

The man involved in the case was 22 at the time, according to a civil lawsuit he filed against Rossitto and District Attorney John DeRosier.

The civil lawsuit has been settled. Glen Vamvoras, who represented the man, said terms are confidential.

Rossitto was a part-time administrative assistant when he resigned last year. He worked for the DA’s office for more than 30 years.

In October, Rossitto pleaded guilty in Orleans Parish to charges of obscenity and purchasing alcohol for a person under 21.

He was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term and received probation for two years.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com