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.