St. Bernard leaders call for Peralta to step down amid sex scandal

St. Bernard leaders call for Peralta to step down amid sex scandal

St. Bernard leaders call for Peralta to step down amid sex scandal

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Posted on April 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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CHALMETTE, La. -- Just hours after St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta bonded out of jail on a sex charge, three members of the parish council called for his resignation.

Peralta is accused of an alleged sexual battery of his wife last fall.

Councilman At-Large East Guy McInnis, District A Councilman Ray Lauga and District D Councilman Casey Hunnicutt signed a statement asking Peralta to step down.

"The following council members signed below agree in principal that the executive branch of St.Bernard Parish requires unencumbered leadership and focus, as well as the public trust. We feel that this is vital to a successful governing authority. In our opinion, your recent personal and legal issues have overtaxed your capacity to maintain the public trust and provide fruitful and productive leadership moving St. Bernard Parish forward. Your personal and legal issues have, and continue to have, a negative effect and reflection on the citizens of St. Bernard Parish. We feel your legal issues have exceeded you personally, and now impede St. Bernard Parish as a whole. We believe that it is in the best interest of St. Bernard Parish and its governance to respectfully request your voluntary resignation of the Parish President's office in order to deliver the most beneficial government that the citizens of St. Bernard Parish deserve."

Earlier, Peralta's attorney Steve London said his client has no intention of resigning his position.

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