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Court filing details parish president's 'rape note,' porn habits

St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta (FOX 8 photo) St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta (FOX 8 photo)
CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) -

The evidence is mounting in the case against St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta.

His ex-wife, Sharon Schaefer accuses him of handcuffing and raping her, causing injuries. Peralta says it was consensual "rough sex.”

On Thursday, the state filed a 95-page document detailing Peralta's Internet activity and showing a hand written "rape" note allegedly found during a search of Peralta's home.

(READ the filing here; right click to rotate: http://bit.ly/1Eu9qq7)

The note says "Your (sic) going to be a rape victim - put on heels, skirt, and a blouse you don't care if it gets ruined. Text me when you are ready and come downstairs."

(SEE a scan of the note here: http://bit.ly/1w2pa4n)

“The public expects their parish official to lead them, and right now, much of his attention is being played out in the media and the headlines and in court proceedings dealing with some sordid things involving his own personal life,” said Metropolitan Crime Commission chief Rafael Goyeneche.

A St. Bernard judge will ultimately rule whether these other so-called "bad acts" are allowed into evidence at Peralta's upcoming trial.

“Does its probative value outweigh its prejudicial effect is the magic words,” said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. “Does it enlighten so much that even though it's very prejudicial to him we still have to let it in? And that's what the judge has to decide.”

Also in today's filing were Internet search histories from Peralta's home and government-issued computers that show multiple visits to porn sites. The filing says the sites "provide pornographic images or videos depicting forced sex, rape, bondage and rough sex.” The state says evidence that "the defendant enjoys watching such videos is evidence that it was his motive or intent to initiate the sexual assault.”

“Just kind of reading the tea leaves and seeing what's been going on - you've had search warrants issued and subpoenas for computers,” said Goyeneche. “Now you're seeing a grand jury convened last month. So, I would not be surprised to see the numbers of charges that are brought against the parish president increasing in the near future.

A hearing to decide if the new evidence will be allowed in the case has not been set.

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