On August 29, 2018, the STPSO received a complaint regarding a sexual battery incident that occurred a day prior. The twenty-two year old female victim advised the incident occurred following a social gathering in a Slidell-area subdivision. The victim identified the offender as Mannella.
The subsequent investigation led to a warrant being issued through the 22nd Judicial Court for Mannella’s arrest and he was taken into custody without incident.
Manella is reported in an article on nola.com as serving as Chairman of the St. Tammany Parish Government's Planning and Zoning Commission, Vice-President of the Board of Commissioners for Slidell Memorial Hospital, and on a committee of community and business leaders to analyze parish revenues and help streamline expenses.
The nola.com story also reports that, in a statement Tuesday afternoon, Brister said, "I abhor the behavior that is being alleged in this situation. In light of the seriousness of these allegations, I am asking Mr. Mannella to step down immediately from all his positions on public boards and commissions."