GOP activist charged with sexual abuse commits suicide

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 21:37 EDT
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Republican fundraiser Greg Peterson (Facebook)
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A high-profile Republican activist in Utah who was charged with multiple sex crimes has committed suicide.

Greg Peterson, 37, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Heber City cabin just days after posting bond and being released from jail, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Peterson was arrested in July and charged with 23 felonies and two misdemeanors for the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of at least four women. He met three of the women at an online dating site and the other he met at a church function.

He was also charged with forcible sex abuse in a separate case.

Peterson, the owner of Peterson Wealth Management and Smartstocks.com, held fundraising events for Republicans.

Peterson’s Facebook page showed a photo him meeting with Romney and indicated that he co-chaired at least one Romney fundraiser on Nov. 17, 2007, according to Talking Points Memo. ABC 4 obtained a photo of Peterson with his arm around a smiling Romney at another event. He also organized the Rocky Mountain Conservatives Convention.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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