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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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CHALMETTE, La. -- St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta is up against a scathing allegation.

Louisiana State Police is investigating one victim's claim of sexual assault by Peralta.

The criminal complaint was first brought to law enforcement agencies attention over the weekend.

'Yesterday [Sunday] Louisiana state police was contacted by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office to investigate an allegation of sexual assault by David Peralta. We are currently doing that investigation,' said Louisiana State Police Trooper Melissa Matey.

Investigators have executed a search warrant in the case and the law enforcement agency is trying to determine where the alleged assault happened, if at all.

A spokesman for the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office says Sheriff Jimmie Pohlman chose to forward this case to Louisiana State Police because it involved an elected parish official facing a felony criminal charge.

'It's not necessarily standard, but anytime an agency would ask us to look into an investigation, we'll take the facts and look at what the case actually involves and step in,' Matey said.

Eyewitness News reached out to Peralta for a comment. This statement was issued through a local public relations firm:

'I am disappointed and embarrassed by the baseless allegations made against me. This is a sad and baffling domestic issue that should have never risen to this level.

'In short time, I am confident this will be resolved. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on my responsibility to this parish and will not be sidetracked by a personal disagreement.'

Once it wraps up its investigation, Louisiana State Police will forward its findings to the St. Bernard Parish District Attorney's Office. State police haven't given a clear timeline on how long that could take.

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