Who is Greg Peterson? A look at the man facing rape charges

GOP activist's preliminary hearing begins Tuesday

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Oct. 24, 2012 1:33 p.m.

    I really hope the Church excommunicates this guy quickly. Of course this had to come out right now, two weeks before the election. You can rest assured that especially with this guy having been a "GOP activist" the media is going to try to tie him to Mitt Romney somehow.

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 15, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    I heard him speak once. Very impressive. A dizzying intellect.

  • John Stewart Pill Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 15, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    I look at his picture, speaking through the mic from the balcony of his cabin, and I wonder what might have been. This guy had the world in the palm of this hand. Who KNOWS what he might have accomplished.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 15, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    Why was this story necessary? Has a jury been selected? Is that jury sequestered?

    How many "kooks" will see this story and be pushed over the edge because they want to be made famous by the Deseret News?

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    We taught our daughter to only date people introduced by friends, by us, or coworkers she already knew.

    There's NOTHING special about a "religious" dating site. Nothing at all.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    "Tuesday's preliminary hearing comes just three weeks after Peterson's arraignment — quick by today's standards. But Peterson's attorneys insisted that their client's right to a speedy trial be met."

    Speedy trial equals fewer victims taking courage and coming forward, less investigation, fewer witnesses in a case filled with porn-like salacity.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    "This is just giving him more publicity; which is probably what he wants."

    Huh? What makes you think that? What evidence do you have that shows that serial rapists actually like having their names printed in newspapers recognizing their crimes?

    Had he gone to the cops and admitted about everything, like the Colorado killer, then you might have a point. But since Peterson is trying his hardest to avoid being caught, I doubt he's really seeking attention.

  • ssmithut SLC, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    Why are we showcasing this guy so much, and yet with a good size picture of him. This is just giving him more publicity; which is probably what he wants.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    "the issue is that the media acts lioke this cabin is spectacular and is something out of the ordinary. it isn't."


    You must be reading something in this article that I'm not. Please quote how "the media" (which seems like a wildcard for anything and everything) is making the cabin look spectacular? They merely mention that it was the place where so many crimes were committed.

  • La Vonne Laguna Niguel, CA
    Aug. 14, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    What is interesting to me is that this guy was a temple recommend holder. Praise God that He looks on the heart of man!

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Peterson through his attorney maintains nothing illegal happened. Didn't say nothing nothing happened. Maybe in his mind it was not illegal. Sounds like he is in total denial or is unwilling to admit he has a serious problem. I won't be surprised if more alleged victims come forward. I am surprised this has not gone national. Petersen can forget about any future in politics.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    "what is the big that the media talks about a cabin in heber?"

    You obviously haven't been following this case. Some of the rapes occurred at that cabin in Heber. It is essential because often he would take the victims on dates, change the location from a movie theater to his cabin, and rape them there.

  • SpaceCowboy69 Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Good story, but I am a little worried about the DesNews tampering with the jury pool. I don't remember in recent memory such an in-depth story about someone facing charges.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    What is most alarming about all this is the possibility that Peterson was somehow able to use his political connections to avoid prosecution in Wasatch County. I hope someone will thoroughly investigate the conduct of the county attorney up there.

  • Bay Area Dude San Ramon, CA
    Aug. 14, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Of course, let justice take its course. But, this guy presents a newly fresh reality for the types of predators that are out there. I'm not kidding one bit when I say educate your kids, educate your kids, educate your kids about people with personality disorders like this. Control freak + sex addiction + personality disorder = not good. It's scary to think that there are so many people who blindly trust that "all will be ok in this new relationship" when in reality the guy has a past like this and covers it up for his next victim. Trust no one until they have earned your trust.

  • Stephen Kent Ehat Lindon, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    Three short comments:

    1. To Ms. Leonard and Mr. Reavy: Thank you for your work. You do the Deseret News proud with circumspect reporting and good investigative journalism.

    2. To Peterson's attorney, Cara Tangaro: Thank you for being courageous in your difficult duties; Peterson needs good counsel. Provide it so we feel comfortable about the disposition of his case if convicted.

    3. To the women who are the alleged victims: Thank you for coming forward; we grieve for your situation. You have given us good reason to speak words of caution to our daughters and granddaughter, to tell them there are, indeed, even in our most sacred spaces, good reasons to be cautious.

  • FreeMan Heber City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    This guy showed up at our caucus meeting in Heber last year, trying to become a delegate. He was working the crowd and none of us even knew who he was. He gave everyone in the room an uneasy feeling and I don't think anyone voted for him. Glad we all had some good sense and followed our instincts about this guy!

  • Archer Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 14, 2012 6:08 a.m.

    This guys sounds like a real piece of work.