David A. Peterson, a Salt Lake air traffic controller accused of conspiracy and cocaine distribution, was released from jail to a federal community treatment center Wednesday.
Peterson must remain under 24-hour supervision, said U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Greene. He was shifted from jail upon the motion of his lawyer, Kristine K. Smith, who presented witnesses in an attempt to show Peterson would not flee.The prosecutor in the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Dance, said Peterson has a cocaine habit. So Greene ordered Peterson to submit to random urine checks (to see if he is using the illegal drug) and to have drug abuse therapy.
Peterson and Robert E. Staich were named in a three-count indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in January. Staich remains in jail awaiting trial, which was set for April 3.