SALT LAKE CITY -- A clinical social worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl voluntarily surrendered his license to practice on Friday, according to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
Scott Andrew Peterson, 36, of Bountiful, was booked in the Davis County Jail on Wednesday on one count of forcible sodomy, a first- degree felony, and two counts of forcible sex abuse, second-degree felonies. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
No formal charges had been filed in 2nd District Court as of Friday.
According to the license surrender stipulation and order signed by Peterson on Friday, he owned a therapy practice specializing in the treatment of adolescents. He admitted in the document that he had "engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with an adolescent client."
Peterson owned and operated "Therapy on the Fly," at 1199 S. Main in Centerville, police said on Thursday.
The business closed in August and Peterson opened a business online, police said.
According to DOPL's website, Peterson received his license in 2008. He received a master's degree in social work from New Mexico Highlands University in 2005.
The girl, now 17, told police she had been receiving therapy from Peterson. Between March and June, Peterson engaged in sexual relations with the girl, who was 16 at the time, at his office, police said.
Centerville police were notified of the incidents by the legal department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The girl had reported to her bishop about the situation.
According to a probable cause statement, Peterson had been the girl's counselor for two years. Peterson told police "that over time he began to have very strong feelings for her and one thing led to another," according to the document.
Police said they do not believe at this time there are more victims.
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