Tea Party Activist Charged With Multiple Kidnappings and Rapes
Gregory Nathan Peterson, who is a GOP fundraiser and Utah Tea Party activist, has been charged with 23 felonies, including seven counts of rape, aggravated kidnapping, sexual battery, forcible sodomy, burglary, assault and forcible sexual abuse.
In 2011, Peterson allegedly held a GOP fundraiser at his cabin in Heber City Utah, where he is charged with kidnapping and assaulting women, one lady only 24 hours after the fundraising event. Investigators say Peterson met 3 of his victims from an online dating service and 1 woman at a church function.
On July 1, the Tea Party activist hosted an event at the same cabin for the Rocky Mountain Conservatives BBQ and annual convention which featured Gov. Gary Herbert, Senator Orin Hatch and Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
The next day, prosecutors say Peterson met another woman online and made plans to go to dinner and a movie. He allegedly drove from Sandy, Utah to his cabin against her will and threatened to have her deported because of an expired visa, if she didn’t cooperate.
U.S. marshals arrested the suspected GOP activist Wednesday night and booked him at the Salt Lake City Jail, where he is being held on only $750,000 bail. All the rape and kidnapping charges are considered to be first-degree felonies that carry life sentences in state prison.
If Peterson is convicted on all charges he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Representatives of the GOP and the Tea Party have not yet responded to the charges. Gov. Gary Herbert’s office and Senator Hatch’s office has not responded to inquiries.
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