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On day of his indictment, council seeks Peralta's resignation

Peralta led away in handcuffs. (FOX 8 Photo) Peralta led away in handcuffs. (FOX 8 Photo)
Audience claps after resolution is read. (FOX 8 Photo) Audience claps after resolution is read. (FOX 8 Photo)
CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) -

On the day that St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta was indicted by a grand jury on 22 felony counts, the Parish Council took up a resolution seeking his resignation. 

The counts included malfeasance in office, extortion, stalking, obstruction of justice and abuse of office. Peralta is accused of using public property for private purposes, accepting a a loan from someone from someone seeking to do business with the parish, accepting campaign contributions from employees and creating a hostile work environment by harassing an employee who was cooperating with an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the parish president. 

His bond was set at $110,000. Peralta also is facing separate charges in St. Tammany and East Baton Rouge parishes.

Council members didn't hold back their disdain for Peralta Tuesday night, saying he has brought shame to St. Bernard and has fallen woefully short on his ability to lead. Reading the resolution, Councilman Ray Lauga detailed how Peralta's legal troubles have affected St. Bernard residents.

"Your personal life and indictments have become an embarrassment and affected your ability to lead with any type of reasonable judgment to benefit St. Bernard Parish," Lauga read. "Your guilt or innocence in your criminal and ethical cases is immaterial at this point."

Audience members clapped after the resolution was read. 

Councilman Casey Hunnicutt said Peralta has the ability to do the right thing and step aside, but Peralta told FOX 8 Tuesday that he has no plans to do so.

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