INDEPENDENCE, La. -- District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says he has recused his office from the pending criminal allegations involving Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa.
Ragusa was arrested last month for battery on an officer, resisting an officer and public intimidation, which is a felony.
The charges stem from an altercation with a town police officer in August, that Eyewitness News reported first.
Perrilloux is asking for Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to take on the case to “avoid the possible appearance of impropriety.” He says because the case involves an officer that is considered a witness in several other cases the office is prosecuting, it may cause “conflict in her status in said cases.”
Also, an assistant district attorney doubled as the city prosecutor for the Town of Independence when the charges were brought forth. During that time, she “had discussions with the defendant on the matter giving rise to these criminal allegations.”
The Attorney General’s Office says it received the file today and will be reviewing it.