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GOP activist charged with kidnapping, raping 4 women

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  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    July 19, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    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.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    The fact that he was a GOP fundraiser should not have been mentioned.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    "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?

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    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?

  • Spaghedeity Draper, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Noodlekaboodle Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    @Thereyougoagain
    Why 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.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    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?

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    July 19, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    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.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    July 19, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    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 prison population.

  • john mclane Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    @J Thompson:
    "With as much as 80% of the State being Republican..."

    [citation needed]

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    J Thompson
    SPRINGVILLE, UT
    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?

    ----------

    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.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 19, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    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?

  • L White Springville, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    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 crossed.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    @J Thompson

    Since 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?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:46 p.m.

    "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 extremists

    It'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?

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    Does Utah allow castration as punishment?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    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!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 19, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    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.

  • john mclane Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 2:04 p.m.

    @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.

  • mecr Bountiful, UT
    July 19, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    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!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    July 19, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    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 places
    drive yourself
    double-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 there.

  • Arelius Provo, UT
    July 19, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    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 days.

  • Arelius Provo, UT
    July 19, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    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 days.

  • MTerry SANDY, UT
    July 19, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    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 connections.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    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.

  • JCH San Diego, CA
    July 19, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    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.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    July 19, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    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.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 19, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    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 hypocrisy.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    July 19, 2012 8:17 p.m.

    Throw away the key.

  • mteig HEBER CITY, UT
    July 19, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    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.

  • thpslc Holladay, UT
    July 19, 2012 10:18 p.m.

    @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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    July 19, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    "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.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    July 19, 2012 10:45 p.m.

    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.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 19, 2012 11:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Laura M. Warburton Huntsville, UT
    July 20, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    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 alone.

  • Peripheral Visionary WASHINGTON, DC
    July 20, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    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.

  • Irritabull CHESTER, NE
    July 20, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    Msny who say the fact that this man was a republican should not be mentioned. Do you recall
    the Franklin Cover up (book) The Black rising star of the Republican Party, who sang at
    The Ronald Reagan political event in Texas was taking young boys from Boystown in Omaha and
    flying 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 and
    evil in every group without regard to race,religion or political affiliation. Many who appear innocent just have not yet been exposed.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    July 20, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    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?

  • D Jamieson Raymond, AB
    July 20, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    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.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    July 20, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    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.

  • YGradFan CENTERVILLE, UT
    July 20, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Mike B TUCSON, AZ
    July 20, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    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 comments.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    July 24, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    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 Democrat.