LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - A St. John Parish judge accused of indecent behavior with teenage girls entered a not guilty plea Thursday in a Laplace courtroom. His attorneys maintain his innocence, but the judge had little to say.
District Court Judge Jeff Perilloux has been off the bench since taking leave two months ago after the charges first surfaced.
It is rare to see one judge have to sit in front of another on criminal charges, but that is what happened.
The judge had no comment on the charges as he entered court.
Prosecutors outlined a four-count indictment alleging that Perilloux committed indecent behavior with up to three juveniles. A fourth count alleges Perilloux committed misdemeanor sexual battery, all allegedly involving girls under the age of 17.
Assistant Attorney General Matt Derbes indicated that extensive video testimony could come into play at trial.
The judge must now consider whether he wants trial by jury or the ad hoc judge, retired Orleans Criminal Court Judge Dennis Waldron
That decision is expected later this year.
Perilloux plans to fight the charges, according to his attorney.
The judge remains free on a $35,000 bond, but stepped off the bench in May after the indictment was handed up.
Perilloux has been ordered to stay away from the victims, however Waldron granted him special permission to attend a September religious event in which some of the victims may also attend.