Utah GOP fundraiser arrested for sexual assault

Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-19 20:43:36-04

A well-known Utah GOP fundraiser is behind bars Thursday, accused of raping four women.

All of the women said they were sexually assaulted by Gregory Peterson and have similar stories. Peterson, 37, runs a consulting business in Orem.

Court documents say he met two of the women online, convinced them to meet him for a lunch date, followed them back home, forced his way into their homes and sexually assaulted them.

Another woman met Peterson at a church function, where he asked her to go to a movie. When she got in his car, he used a gun to force her into going to his cabin in Heber where he sexually assaulted her, according to police.

Another woman claims he used her illegal immigration status as a way to keep her silent over the rape.

A judge set bond for Peterson at $750,000. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping, forcible sexual abuse, and object rape.