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Parish attorney put on paid leave during software program investigation

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East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper
Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper is on paid leave pending an investigation into a parish software program.

Roper confirmed she was asked by Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe on Monday to take a few days off while an investigation was conducted.

"I agreed to do so in order to cooperate with his request," Roper wrote in a letter to the news reporter.

Several unnamed sources said the investigation involves disaster management software developed by the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP). The sources said Roper was given the source code for the software in order to finalize US copyrights.

Roper said she sent the source code of the software to her home email address and enlisted the help of her husband, who is a software developer and also an East Baton Rouge city-parish employee. She added all portions of the program are public record and not confidential.

"I am in complete shock that this issue was not reviewed with an intellectual property attorney and someone familiar with the public records law before it was assumed that I had done something wrong. This is devastating to me. I take my responsibilities and my reputation very seriously," Roper added.

Loupe was contacted and asked about the investigation and Roper's status to which he replied he could not comment on personnel matters.

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