- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta has been indicted by a grand jury on 22 counts tied to accusations that he stalked and threatened his ex-wife.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office, which is handling the investigation, says Peralta was charged Tuesday with extortion, stalking, obstruction of justice, malfeasance and abuse of office.

The parish president is accused of coercing employees to help him harass his ex-wife and trash political opponents on a newspaper website; of threatening his ex-wife; and of tampering with evidence during the investigation.

He’s also accused of using his office to get parish worker addresses to solicit their campaign contributions and harassing and firing parish employees who were cooperating with law enforcement.

Peralta also is facing separate charges in St. Tammany and East Baton Rouge parishes.

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