Vandalization of car spurred resignation
LAFAYETTE — Former St. Landry Parish Registrar of Voters John Moreau is accused of stalking the same woman whose car Moreau was accused of vandalizing at the parish courthouse in January, an incident that forced the longtime registrar to resign from his position.
The woman filed a complaint with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office this week, sheriff’s Capt. Megan Vizena said.
Moreau was arrested Thursday, then released on bail of $5,000.
The alleged victim claimed Moreau wrote offensive letters to her from October through January, then placed them at her home, Vizena said.
Both Moreau, 52, and the woman live in Arnaudville. She is an employee at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse, though not in the Registrar of Voters Office.
“The victim found the contents of the letters to be offensive, insulting and degrading,” Vizena said.
“During the investigation, Moreau did admit to detectives to typing the letters and personally placing them at the victim’s residence,” Vizena said.
Police did not release the contents of the letters and did not say what they think caused Moreau to commit the alleged acts.
Moreau, who had been the registrar of voters for St. Landry Parish since 1985, resigned last month after the woman filed a complaint with the Opelousas Police Department.
The victim told Opelousas investigators that Moreau keyed her car, a claim that was backed up by witnesses to the Jan. 17 incident.
Moreau sent his resignation letter to the St. Landry Parish Council the same day.
The woman claimed in court papers in January that in addition to keying her car, Moreau also punctured her tire with an “ice pick or similar tool.”
Last month she also told Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow, who was part of his department’s investigation last month of Moreau, that the former registrar loosened a tire valve stem three separate times on different days.