Some residents want Dave Peralta to resign

Some residents want Dave Peralta to resign

CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Prosecutors with the state attorney general's office believe they have new ammunition against St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta, who faces trial soon for the alleged sexual battery of his then wife in 2013.

And what came to light Thursday in the new court documents filed by prosecutors have left some residents of St. Bernard Parish wishing that Peralta would resign.

"I think he should have stepped down, he wants to run again, I don't think he has a shot," said resident Sharon Johnson.

The AG's office filed a notice to introduce what it termed as "other bad acts" by Peralta.

"Yes, he should resign," said St. Bernard resident Leshown Davis.

Sharon Schaefer, Peralta's ex-wife, said in October of 2013 that Peralta handcuffed her and raped her in their home. He denies that and has stated to the news media that, as a couple, they often engaged in consensual bondage sex.

Still, some believe the A-G's latest move could have serious consequences.

"I would not be surprised to see the numbers of charges that are brought against the parish president increasing in the near future," said Rafael Goyeneche of the Metropolitan Crime Commission.

Included in the court filings is Exhibit E, which is a handwritten note that reads, "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."

Prosecutors also seized Peralta's home and government computers, and according to the court documents, Peralta's surfing habits on those computers included frequent visits to porn sites.

"Provide pornographic images, or videos depicting forced sex, rape, bondage and rough sex," the document reads.

But just because prosecutors have filed the documents does not mean they will be allowed into the case.

"The attorney general is trying to tie all of this together and slather it all in and smear it on Mr. Peralta and dirty him up," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. "And there are rules that stop you from doing that. It's called its probative value does not outweigh its prejudicial effect. It's prejudicial - it has nothing to do with the facts that your'e trying to prove. You can try to get it in under 404B, but I don't know whether you'll be able to."

Reached by telephone, Peralta refused comment citing a gag order.

But some Parish Council members were more forthcoming.

"I just think at some point my hope is that President Peralta will look at the greater good and what's going on and make a decision for the greater good of St. Bernard Parish," said Councilman-at-Large Guy McInnis.

Neither McInnis nor District D Councilman Casey Hunnicutt would say whether Peralta should resign.

"I think for continuity purposes, I think the next eight months are going to come fast, you know, and if the justice system doesn't decide this by then, the public can decide this," Hunnicutt said.

But some residents seem to have made up their minds.

"He don't need to be in office, we don't need that," said Davis.

"They claim you're innocent until you're proven guilty, but it just doesn't look good, and it doesn't look for our parish," Johnson said.

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