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Dec 30, 2010 9:31 PM by Alison Haynes

Fired aide's lawyer: complaint is sex assault

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against fired mayoral aide Rick Seaton, his attorney confirmed Thursday.
The attorney, Marty Stroud of Shreveport, said the investigation is in its early stages, and sexual assault covers a broad spectrum of possible allegations.
Mayor Cedric Glover fired Seaton on Tuesday, citing a criminal investigation but giving no details.
The same day, police said they were investigating an
18-year-old's allegation that she had been sexually assaulted in the government building.
Police spokesman Bill Goodin said the young woman called police about 9:30 p.m. Monday from Sam's Town Hotel and Casino, and said she had been assaulted earlier that evening.
He said he could not comment about a news report based on anonymous sources and giving more specific allegations, except to say the report incorrectly said she was from Georgia. He would not say where she was from.
Stroud said he does not know anything about the specific allegations, but understands that the alleged victim was in town for the Independence Bowl game between Air Force and Georgia Tech. He said he doesn't know where she's from.
It probably will be next week before police and prosecutors decide whether there's evidence for arrest in the case, Goodin said.
Detectives always meet with prosecutors to go over evidence in sexual assault cases, and that's unlikely to happen this week, he said.
Goodin has refused to say whether the man accused in that case is Seaton.
Seaton went to work for the city when Glover became mayor four years ago, starting as an assistant to the mayor and a liaison between the city administration and the local legislative delegation.
He was later put in charge of the city budget. When the head of operational services resigned at the start of Glover's second term last month, Seaton was given that job, in charge of the streets, drainage and sanitation departments.

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