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Seaton Investigation: Consensual Sex Or Rape?

A few more days of interviews need to be done before Shreveport police wrap up their investigation into accusations that Rick Seaton, a top aide to Mayor Cedric Glover, raped a high school student during a nighttime visit to the mayor's office. It is expected to be a question of whether it was consensual sex. The investigation of Seaton has sent shockwaves through city hall and the mayor -- in whose office the alleged attack occurred -- fired him hours after the complaint was made Monday night. Seaton, who has split with his wife, hasn't spoken with police. He has hired well-known defense attorney Marty Stroud of Shreveport to represent him. "There are more questions right now than answers, but I believe once the investigation is concluded, it will show that there was no criminal conduct," Stroud said Wednesday. The investigation began Monday night after police got a call that an 18-year-old from Georgia said she had been raped at Government Plaza. Authorities said she was in town for the Independence Bowl. She had been drinking a lot and her boyfriend had gotten arrested for causing a disturbance. Seaton was also at the game. Authorities said the young woman told police Seaton noticed she was trying to get money to bond her boyfriend out of jail. She didn't want to get on one of the shuttle buses and Seaton ended up giving her a ride downtown. The high school senior told authorities she was raped on the mayor's couch. Police have obtained security videos from Government Plaza that show activity inside the building that night. Authorities said the accuser told detectives she thought she had been raped by a police officer and they were looking for an officer in the videos when they spotted Seaton. A decision on whether to file felony rape charges against Seaton will be made after police meet with the Caddo district attorney's office. That likely won't happen this week.

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