MERAUX, La. -- Investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office were at the home and offices of St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta Friday morning.
Photos showed computer and papers taken from Peralta's office, while bags were taken from his home, though it was unclear what was inside of the bags. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said, 'I can tell you that we are executing a search warrant in St. Bernard Parish today. That's all I can say.'
Peralta pleaded not guilty earlier this month to a charge of sexual battery of his wife.
The AG's office is prosecuting the charge after the St. Bernard District Attorney recused himself from the case.
Peralta's ex-wife Sharon Schaefer has accused Peralta of raping her in the Meraux home they shared last October.
Schaefer also claims Peralta violated the terms of a stay away order, by continuing to send her threatening emails.
Judge Michael Kirby made the order part of a consent judgment in their divorce settlement, and another judge imposed a similar stay away order as a condition of Peralta's $20,000 surety bond, while he awaits trial on the criminal charge.
According to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News, firstname.lastname@example.org writes on June 13, 'is there any reason that i should not move forward with the divorce? please think this over and please at least show me the courtesy of giving me an answer. -- Dave.'
Sharon responds: 'How do I know this is Dave?' email@example.com answers, 'its me...thought the 'dumplin' would be the hint that you would pick up on.'
A March 24 email from firstname.lastname@example.org states, 'Why don't you give President P a call. He is worried about you, still cares and still in love with you.'
A contempt hearing is now set for August 4.