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Indictment accuses Peralta of evidence tampering, accepting bribe

"I didn't do anything wrong, and I'm not resigning," Peralta said. "I didn't do anything wrong, and I'm not resigning," Peralta said.
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ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta is doubling down after a grand jury indicted him on 22 felony counts.   

The indictment includes 11 counts of malfeasance in office, six counts of abuse of power, three counts of obstruction of justice, one count of stalking and one count of extortion. 

Peralta is accused of using parish equipment to stalk his ex-wife and of tampering with cell phones and emails authorities were looking into while investigating him.

"I think it's somewhat ridiculous," Peralta said moments after posting bond. "It's ethics violations that they turned into criminal charges. But that's okay. We are going to handle it in court."

The indictment accuses Peralta of using his position to coerce several parish employees to provide false information to police or the court system.    
Peralta is also accused of forcing a parish employee to create a fake email address so he could harass his ex-wife.
     
One malfeasance count alleges that Peralta accepted a bribe from the data company ParaTech while the company was seeking to do business in the parish. 

The indictment also accuses Peralta of harassing and wrongly firing employees and using his position to get the addresses of employees to solicit them for campaign donations. 

Peralta denied any wrongdoing and claimed he is not going anywhere. 

"I didn't do anything wrong, and I'm not resigning," he said. "We are going to have our say when we get to court and it's in public. You can be there. We can present our evidence and we'll have a judge to decide."

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