Greg Peterson, GOP activist charged in sex abuse cases, discovered dead in cabin
• He told another woman that he "was a powerful politician and (she) believed he would use his power against her." He also told that same woman he would get access to her medical records and find out everything about her.
• If the same alleged victim told anyone what had happened to her, he would make her "disappear" as well.
• Peterson attempted to gain trust of all his alleged victims by discussing his membership in the LDS Church and would show off his temple recommend
Peterson earned a bachelor's degree in international studies in 1999 from BYU, an MBA in 2002, and founded three businesses in a little more than a decade.
He parlayed that success into conservative activism in the Republican party, until the allegations came to light in July of 2012. In the wake of longtime Republican Sen. Bob Bennett's loss in the primaries, Utah conservatives had turned to fresh faces for fundraising efforts, among them Peterson. He was rubbing elbows with many of Utah's top GOP brass by hosting an annual fundraiser at his impressive five-bedroom, five-bathroom cabin in Heber City.
Some of those politicians who attended his fundraisers included Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Gov. Gary Herbert and 4th District congressional candidate Mia Love.
Friends said he would sign many of his letters and emails with the tagline "Future President of the United States." He was a man who friends said could be sincere, but also had a good sense of humor and could easily make people laugh. But they also said Peterson had a dark side.
He could “go from zero to freak show in 60 seconds," said a former business partner who spoke earlier this year on condition of anonymity.
Court documents, investigative reports and interviews with former friends, business associates and women he either dated or sought to date painted a portrait of a man who was also aggressive, arrogant and had a short fuse.
At the time of his death, he was charged with assaulting five women.
• On March 26, 2011, a woman told police she met Peterson at a church function in Draper and agreed to go to a movie with him. As he drove, she said he went in a different direction and told her he was taking her to his cabin. When she told him to turn around, police say he told her he had a concealed weapons permit and pointed to the car's console.
During the drive, prosecutors say Peterson forced the woman to commit lewd acts and "smacked her across the face" for not doing one correctly. He was also accused of pointing out loaded weapons in the room of the cabin where he allegedly raped her and held her overnight.
• On July 2, 2011, Peterson arranged a date with a woman he'd met online. She said he drove her from Sandy to his Heber cabin against her will. She testified that Peterson told her he was a "powerful politician," threatened to have her deported because of an expired visa if she didn't cooperate with him. She said he also showed her a box where he said he kept a gun.
Police say he held her overnight and sexually assaulted her. The next day he took her to his mother's house in Cache County, where she was allegedly held hostage for two days and repeatedly assaulted.
• A third woman said she met Peterson online and went on a lunch date with him on Dec. 11, 2011. When he arrived at her West Jordan residence, she said he grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.
• On April 21, 2012, a fourth woman who met Peterson online also had a lunch date with him. She said Peterson pushed her into the bedroom of her Salt Lake home and sexually abused her.
• In the spring of 2012, a fifth woman told police Peterson took her to his cabin for lunch and invited her upstairs to watch a movie. Prosecutors say he began kissing the woman and forced her to touch him. She pulled away and "stood up, putting her hand on the holster of her gun" and told him he needed to take her home, according to charges. Police say he then returned her to Utah County.
Contributing: Alex Cabrero, McKenzie Romero.
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