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Scandal-plagued ex-Louisiana official dead at 64

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - David Peralta, who served one term as the president of Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish, has died at age 64.

A parish government news release says Peralta was found dead in his home in Meraux (MIH'-row) on Tuesday. New Orleans-area news outlets report that the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's office said the death appeared to be from natural causes.

Peralta spent 40 years in public sector work, including police work in New Orleans and St. Bernard. He won the parish presidency in 2011. But his term was marred by scandal. His then-wife accused him of sexual abuse. Charges of sexual battery and stalking were eventually dropped but legal woes continued.

He lost a re-election bid in 2015. In 2016 he pleaded no contest to felony counts of malfeasance in office.

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