Sobbing woman describes how 'the monster' Greg Peterson kidnapped, sexually abused her

2 other women also testify against GOP activist

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 14 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

"I was exhausted from everything," she testified. "I just wanted to go to sleep. It was a nightmare."

The woman would not look at Peterson during Tuesday's preliminary hearing, at times shielding her eyes with her hand as she sobbed. Peterson was animated and talkative as he talked with his attorneys almost the entire time she spoke — his face and gestures ranging from incredulous to skeptical to dismissive. At one point, he interrupted a prosecutor who was trying to clarify what the witness was saying.

"Let her speak for herself," he interjected.

Two other women also testified and both said they met Peterson on the dating website LDSSingles.com. One woman said she agreed to a date on April 21, 2012, because of Peterson's profile.

"His online profile looked great," she said. "He looked like a great catch, he was clean-cut. … He had what I was looking for. He looked like a good member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a temple recommend, which was important to me. He served a mission."

The two went to lunch at Trolley Square and the date ended within an hour. When she told him she had plans, she said he appeared to get angry and abruptly left. He approached her at her car and apologized, then asked to stop by her home, which he knew was in the area. She said she considered just driving away, but Peterson was right behind her.

She opened the door to let him in and said he immediately took her hand and led her to the bedroom.

"Everything was unusual about that," she said. "Where was he going? It just took me off guard."

She said Peterson offered to massage her legs, because she had run a half marathon earlier in the day, and told her to lay on the bed. She brushed off the invitation, but said Peterson was "persistent." She testified that when she did lay down on her stomach, he laid on top of her, put his hand on her head and started touching her bottom and chest.

"(It was) just complete shock," she said. "I keep saying no and I know that I've got to get away. … I managed to push him off of me with my hands."

She said she then noticed that Peterson was exposing himself to her. When she asked him what he was doing, she said he replied: "I just wanted you to see this."

She asked him to leave, but he said he first wanted a glass of water, which she gave him.

"I was frightened," she said. "I wasn't sure what he was capable of doing so I tried to remain calm and not get too angry."

She testified that she didn't contact police immediately, because she thought she had to be raped in order to do so. She later talked with an officer over the phone about what happened.

Another woman testified that she was encouraged by the fact that Peterson said he was a member of the LDS Church who attended church regularly. She agreed to a date and they went to dinner at Thanksgiving Point on Dec. 10, 2011, and drove around to look at Christmas lights.

They then decided to go to a movie and drove to Orem. She testified that Peterson offered to show her his office building and kissed her there. He kissed her again after the movie and again at the end of the date, when they agreed to go out again.

The next day, Peterson called and they planned to meet for lunch at her West Jordan home. She said Peterson arrived and hugged her, picking her up and carrying her immediately to the couch in her living room.

She started to cry as she described how Peterson got on top of her.

"I was scared," she said. "I felt really stupid that I let him into my house. I told him to let me up and I tried to turn over so he would get off of me, but he didn't."

She said the man pulled up her skirt and shirt and touched her. She said she told him to stop multiple times and he eventually did, but refused to leave until they had lunch.

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