Case against Utah GOP activist closed after death

Wednesday , October 31, 2012 - 9:47 AM

Political Activist Suicide

FIlE - This July 27, 2012 file photo, Greg Peterson, center, appears in Fourth District Court in...

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SALT LAKE CITY— One of the criminal cases against a conservative political activist has been closed following his apparent suicide.

The Deseret News reportsa judge signed a motion last week dismissing one count of felony forcible sexual abuse against Greg Peterson in Wasatch County.

The larger, Salt Lake City-based criminal case against the former Republican activist and businessman had not been dismissed as of Tuesday, but District Attorney Sim Gill had previously suggested that would happen.

Peterson had been ordered to stand trial on charges stemming from five alleged sexual assaults. He was accused of raping or assaulting women he met at church activities or on websites for Mormon singles.

The 37-year-old was found dead in his Heber City cabin Oct. 23, shortly after posting $2 million bail.

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