The worst of the worst of criminals. He deserves to be locked up for a very,
very long time. In the old days, they had the Death Penalty for this sort of
thing. In my opinion, that isn't too harsh for what appears these
circumstances to be. At least 4 women. Physical, emotional, sexual abuse,
kidnapping, torture.So sorry for his family and parents. He flunked
the Test of Life in my opinion.
The fact that he was a GOP fundraiser should not have been mentioned.
"The fact that he was a GOP fundraiser should not have been mentioned."
Well of course it should have been. It points out these predators are
everywhere, and alas, women can assume nothing about their own personal safety.
In this culture, there is no safe place for women. Anybody who has daughters
knows the constant worry. What can be done?
Now that the Deseret News has decided to print a person's political
affiliation as headline news, let's keep score. With as much as 80% of the
State being Republican, at least 80% of the crime should be committed by
Republicans. Anyone care to guess what the actual statistics are?
Re: "The fact that he was a GOP fundraiser should not have been
mentioned."According to Republican logic, the very fact that
these political elites were "palling around" with this guy means they
are fully responsible for everything he's done.
@ThereyougoagainWhy not? The cabin he allegedly raped one of these women
in was used the day before as a site for a GOP fundraiser and it shows what kind
of people some of our highest profile lawmakers are hanging out with. It is some
very relevant information.
The fact that this goon is a GOP fundraiser is completely fair game. The guy has
been hanging around with numerous of our elected officials in Utah and has been
at events for Romney. Of course this is news. The guy actually hosted big tea
party events. You don't think that is important to the story?
After reading this article I threw up in my mouth. I am upset that a BYU Alum
did such a thing. Didn't he have to sign the Honor Code to Attend BYU? At
the least, BYU should cancel his degree.
Somewhere along the line Peterson forgot the meaning of the word
"No!"The guy must not have had any sisters, because he sure
doesn't understand how to treat women with respect.He's
likely to end up getting a dose of his own "medicine" once he enters the
@J Thompson:"With as much as 80% of the State being
J ThompsonSPRINGVILLE, UTNow that the Deseret News has decided to
print a person's political affiliation as headline news, let's keep
score. With as much as 80% of the State being Republican, at least 80% of the
crime should be committed by Republicans. Anyone care to guess what the actual
statistics are?----------My guess: 80% republican 20%
democratic.Actually, I think there are more independents in Utah
than there are Republicans. I could be wrong, but I do think that is true.
Why shouldn't the story include he was a GOP fundraiser? If he had been a
teacher or a cop that would have been printed and every good teacher and cop
would have had to live the with criticism and suspicion of their profession.
Why is that so many republicans on this board want to paint groups of people
with the same brush, but get really sensitive when one of their own commits a
crime and someone mentions that they are a republican? Kind of a double
standard isn't it?
If this is "guilt by association" then how guilty is the President for
associating with Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, George Soros and all the
"gang"?I always like to know when a event was used to trap
the unsuspecting, but I did not see the correlation. Plenty of men and women
have kidnapped people and taken them to a home or cabin and hurt them. I even
remember a police officer who took a girl up lamps canyon several years ago and
hurt her, but I certainly do not remember reading about his political party.Are we supposed to be on guard every time a Democrat walks by because
Bill Ayers, who is also a Democrat, bombed the Pentagon? Should I make my
granddaughters run and hide every time a Democrat drives by because Ted Kennedy,
a Democrat, hurt and abused many young ladies, including Mary Jo Kopechne?There is a line between giving us information that we need and
sensationalizing things to increase readership. I think that that line was
@J ThompsonSince you seem to know crime statistics and political
affiliation, why don't you enlighten us? What is the actual percentage?
How did you go about analyzing that data?
"On July 1, 2011, Peterson hosted about 300 Republican lawmakers, including
Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Gov. Gary Herbert, at his Heber cabin
in 2011 for the Rocky Mountain Conservatives annual convention and BBQ.
It's an event Peterson has hosted before."So guilty by
association, as republicans have tried to tie Obama as "close personal
friend" with terrorist's and extremistsIt's only
appropriate that it is pointed out that the above politicians are "close
personal friends" with a rapist and kidnapper. Will they give the money he
collected for them back?
Does Utah allow castration as punishment?
To attempt an answer to my own question - what can we do? Women should have on
their persons unobtrusive devices which when pressed in some manner indicate an
emergency to police, complete withi GPS. What do you think? This is no joke -
something must be done!
So what if he's a GOP fundraiser? That is so, not important. This guy is
freak and deserves a lot of jail time. Of course by mentionining is BYU degrees
and accomplishments, Reavey is guilt by association implying he's a Mormon.
@Lane Myer"Actually, I think there are more independents in Utah than
there are Republicans. I could be wrong, but I do think that is true."Rather than actually pulling numbers out of thin air, I actually did a
little bit of research on this. Turns out J Thompson was not even close. A
2009 Gallup Poll put the party affiliation in Utah at 55.1% Republican and 32.4%
Democratic. (Note that these numbers reflect self-reported affiliations, and
not official party registrations.)So my guess for crime by
affiliation would be somewhere around 55% to 32%, but I doubt there are any
official statistics for it.
To the single ladies: be as cautious as you can be. Do not get so easily
impressed because the guy is in politics, rich, good family, whatever. Always,
always meet in public places and use your own transportation for a while!
That's a messed up guy. Too bad the left is fighting the death penalty, I
think this guy should be a candidate for it. Especially coming from a position
of trust.I don't care what political party or amount of wealth
or circumstances etc. When you choose to destroy other peoples lives.....Any money he raised should be given back to the donors, where they can
give their money to something else or pay down their bills.I
wouldn't be surprised if there are more victims out there.
Disturbing. What a creep.Just goes to show that creeps
inhabit all demographic groups in society. Be careful, a temple
recommend or not. Church membership or not. GOP membership or not. Good advice:meet in public placesdrive yourselfdouble-date?
always inform others where you are going, with whom and when you will
return.Pre-arrange to have a friend/family member check in with you at a
certain time? I don't know.It's scarey out
I was Greg’s roommate at BYU and, somehow, this recent development
doesn’t surprise me. Greg seemed to have a dull conscience back in those
Ted Bundy was active in local politics as a student at the U and was looked up
to by many of his associates. Don't trust anybody, especially those who try
to overly impress with their church membership, wealth, political or family
Wow...this guy is sick and needs help...in prison...for a long time.Politics, religion and university don't need to be even mentioned because
men of this ilk are in every society, religion and political party.It's called Sex Addiction and he's a classic example. He threw his
family, status and job away for his addiction. Now, he's going to spend
the rest of his life behind bars.
Defenders of party and faith,The DesNews, like all serious print
media, owes its readers a full telling of any news story. When a given story
includes a prominent public figure, the reporter owes an explanation of the
nature and origins of that figure's prominence.This particular
public figure is prominent because he's a hanger-on and gladhander of
powerful politicians in Utah. He acheives this by fundraising for the majority
party.A paradox of this public figure's alleged crimes also
lies in his bio: the BYU education normally speaks of quiet composure and placid
lifestyles. In this case, that backround evidently did not.These
things add up to what we know as "news."Now, go ahead and
get over yourselves.
It is germaine to the story that he claimed to be a GOP fundraiser and had he
been any other party's fundraiser, that, too, would have been fair to
mention. So is his faith, if he has one, and whatever other facts are there
about him. Why? Not to cause biased thinking regarding any of these
classifications, but to remind the readers of this article and others like it
that these accused offenders--remember, he has not been tried yet--belong to no
one faith, party, income level, job classification, age, even gender. The real
good news is this: it is news because it isn't something happening all the
time everywhere. It is news because most of the time we can conduct our lives
and not experience this. That doesn't mean there is no need to be cautious,
it means we don't need to be paranoid. And when this does happen, we need
to do what needs to be done to see that fairness and justice happen.
It seems ironic to me that the newspaper owned and controlled by the Mormon
Church would use the GOP label. Doesn't the church complain when news
outlets use the Mormon adjective to describe perpetrators?Fascinating
Throw away the key.
I have a wife and seven daughters and it is difficult to verbalize my feelings
toward this evil, pathetic human being. Unfortunately, I hear of
these types of atrocities nearly every day. They happen just about anywhere you
can imagine, just like the guy trying to kidnap the little girl walking down the
street, in broad daylight, with her brother. It was on the national news today
and was caught on video.Every female should find the most effective
non-lethal weapon they can find, one they would feel comfortable carrying in
their hand in a public place. It has to be something they are willing and able
to have in hand while in public, not in a purse or glove compartment.My sincere condolences to the woman who were attacked and to their families.
@There you go again,The reason it's mentioned that he is a GOP
fundraiser is because that is how he met/lured some of his victims. He also
used that as credibility to all of his victims and his dating profile.
"One of the four women first went to the Wasatch County Attorney's
Office but prosecutors there declined to file charges, Gill said. She then went
to the Unified Police Department in March where investigators started putting
together pieces of information from several alleged victims."So
why was this case not given more attention in Wasatch Co.? That's what I
would like to know.
One more thing...if someone is looking for a victim for this type of crime, the
age or marital status of the victim is unimportant, for the most part. It never
hurts to be with a friend or relative as much as possible if a person feels
nervous or is going somewhere she has never been before. And if she has a
cellphone, be sure the GPS is on, at least for 911 calls. Also, behave as if you
have business where you are, but not like you own the place. If you are going
with anyone, even another woman, if it's a new acquaintance, it's wise
not to go alone, and to be sure others know. Many teens have found themselves in
horrific places going to spend time with a "new friend" who ended up
being the front person for someone with a criminal agenda. These things have
been documented in mainstream news reports. It only takes once.
If ever hard-core member of the GOP would stop blaming ever evil sin in the
world on liberals and Democrats -- this would be a non-issue.People
who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
His arrogance on Fb so repelled me that I never attended his events. I'm
grateful he's been caught. There are no excuses for what he's done.
He's a serial rapist. However, if we don't acknowledge what brought
him to this we lose a chance to prevent the next Greg Peterson. Born to this
end? Maybe but probably not. If I read correctly, he's from Cache County.
Are you aware of the higher than average cases of organized sexual abuse that
takes place there? Most pedophiles and or rapists are actually victims too.
Doesn't excuse his choices. Like I said, if we don't learn from this
we're condemning future victims. Greg Peterson is going to jail
where he belongs. I hope other victims (because we know there has to be many
more.) come forth to help with their healing process. To the
victims, this is not your fault. Get help. Don't do this alone. Many of us
have suffered through this. Many of us are stronger for it. You're not
The political activism of the accused is relevant, as it is a reminder that
politics attracts sociopaths who seek social respectability as a cover for their
predatory behavior. My primary concern is that party affiliations are not
reported consistently; every conservative activist associated with a crime seems
to get that mentioned, when the fact that someone is a progressive activist is
routinely ignored (see, for instance, the news coverage on Jon Corzine, which
has routinely downplayed his very close connections with the Obama
administration).This is also a reminder that sociopaths routinely
target believers, as their trusting social networks make them easy victims.
Jesus warned his followers against "wolves" in "sheep's
clothing"; as Paul reminded his followers, "Take heed therefore unto
yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
overseers . . . For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves
enter in among you". Those who are in ecclesiastical positions of
responsibility, in particular, need to be on guard.
Msny who say the fact that this man was a republican should not be mentioned. Do
you recallthe Franklin Cover up (book) The Black rising star of the
Republican Party, who sang atThe Ronald Reagan political event in Texas
was taking young boys from Boystown in Omaha andflying them to DC for the
pleasure of perverted politicians, also young girls. Alecia Owens was one of the
victims.This Black Larry King ran the Franklin Savings and loan in Omaha. The
Democrats are equally as bad.Barney Frank can attest to that. There is good
andevil in every group without regard to race,religion or political
affiliation. Many who appear innocent just have not yet been exposed.
Let me ask all those who want to downplay his political affiliation and
connections. Which part of all that is untrue? Should the DN cherry-pick
information that is reported or should they report all facts of a story and let
the reader make their own conclusions and determinations?
This is when it's difficult to follow the counsel from Apr/12 Gen Conf:
Don't judge others because their sins are different from yours. Of course,
the demands of justice must take place for this predator. But forgiveness, for
those affected, will be a struggle.
The blame for this guy (and the shooting in Colorado) will ultimately lie with
either Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the T-Party, or George Bush. My
money is on Rush.
And yet, LDS Liberal, based on the comments I've seen you make over the
past few months about Romney and his conservative supports, you are more than
happy to cast that evil-doing back on them. Who's throwing stones?Stop making this issue political, and keep your eye on the ball.
Nobody, whether demo or repub, has a right to do what this man did. He should
be locked up, and have the key thrown away.
Our justice system does not have adequate punishment for monsters like him.A word to the victim who he threatened with having her deported. PLEASE
TAKE NOTE! The law allows you to receive a special visa for victims of crime,
and while the visa is being processed you are protected from deportation, and
the visa can lead to permanent residence. My heart goes out to for the terrible
crime you had to endure and still are enduring, but find yourself an immigration
attorney. If anyone reading this knows this woman please pass this on to her
because it probably is too painful for her to be reading this article and its
It is just like when they say the person was a Mormon this or that or a Catholic
this or that or a GOP activist. Just don't label any criminal a liberal or