Prosecutor says St. Bernard official could face more charges

Prosecutor says St. Bernard official could face more charges

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - Prosecutors are considering additional charges against St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta, who already faces sexual battery and stalking charges involving his ex-wife.

The reports that prosecutors discussed the possibility of more charges Friday in a court hearing. That hearing also discussed whether Peralta's sexual history could be used as defense evidence in a trial on the sexual battery charge. Peralta has denied raping his ex-wife, Sharon Schaefer.

Assistant Attorney General David Weilbaecher told Judge Frank Foil that a grand jury is meeting and that prosecutors are considering conspiracy charges. Authorities have previously said they are investigating Peralta for malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation.

The new grand jury began meeting Jan. 15 after state officials raided Peralta's parish government office and home in July.


Information from: The Times-Picayune,

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