Sources: Grand jury seated; Dave Peralta could face new charges

Sources: Grand jury seated; Dave Peralta could face new charges

CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - A  special grand jury was seated in St. Bernard Parish Thursday and a source says it's  investigating  new possible charges against Parish President Dave Peralta, according to sources.

The new 13 member  grand jury was selected Thursday morning at the Chalmette Courthouse to investigate the possibility of bringing a new indictment regarding possible malfeasance in office charges, according to our source.

State investigators have been examining computers seized from Peralta's home and office last year. The grand jury is being handled by David Weilbacher and Matt Derbes, the same Assistant Attorney Generals handling the other cases against Peralta.

The state has already charged Peralta with sexual battery of his now ex-wife Sharon Schaefer in St. Bernard and felony stalking in St. Tammany Parish.

There has been no indication on when a new indictment may come down.  The grand jury met for about an hour and a half Thursday, then left for the day.

It could call witnesses next week.

In St. Tammany Parish, it took just one day for a different grand jury to return an indictment there. When asked for comment, Peralta said, "I don't know anything about it. I've been out of the office all day in meetings.'

In St. Tammany Parish, a court date of May 26 has been set related to the felony stalking charge. State prosecutors are expected to try Peralta on the sexual battery charge, in March.

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