Special Assignment: Rape victims and Greg Peterson

Special Assignment: Rape victims and Greg Peterson

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Two woman who claim they were raped and sodomized speak of their journey to justice.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Two women who were allegedly raped by Greg Peterson found their path for justice difficult, even rejected by those in charge.
Peterson was the GOP fundraiser with political connections and last year was charged with multiple counts of rape, sodomy and kidnapping.
But he never was tried for the crimes, two days after he bailed out of jail he committed suicide.

"I felt lost confused," said Alicia, not her real name. "Ii was scared of him finding me again."

Alicia was in the United States illegally and she claims Peterson used that to make sure she never went to authorities about what happened.

"I know what i went through and that's the last thing i would want anyone else to feel," says Janice, a fictitious name.

Janice met Peterson at a LDS singles event. On different occasions, both women went on a date with Peterson and found themselves being driven to his Heber City cabin where they claim they were sexually assaulted.

Peterson allegedly told his victims that he was a powerful politician. He was known to host barbeques at his cabin for prominent republicans. On his Facebook are pictures of himself with the likes of the governor, U. S. senators, even Mitt Romney.

"He was a powerful politician. he had checked my status and knew i was here illegally," says Alicia. "That's what he continued to tell me that he was going to get me deported if I would tell anybody."

In September 2011 she reported the sex abuse to a church leader at her her LDS ward.

"He raised his hand three times over his mouth and he goes "hah' and I asked if he knew him and he goes 'what's his name again? are you sure it's this person?' and i go yes," recalls Alicia. "I remember him saying that he was going to take care of it."

But she said nothing happened. In fact Alicia claimed church leaders were doing background checks on her.

"Those bishops were contacting my former landlords and homeward bishops, former bishops to investigate me to see if I had any sexual problems or problems with men," she says.

Janice, the second victim remembers filling out a police report after the attack.

"We met in Park City to do the police report," says Janice. "He made the arrest right after that".

After Janice met with the detective from Wasatch County sheriff's office, Peterson wais booked into jail.
But the county attorney refused to prosecute Peterson.

"They said there wasn't enough evidence, they didn't feel sufficient enough evidence," says Janice. "It was rough. i don't feel they had investigated Peterson and my case."

Peterson was released from jail, free to go home without worry.
But three months later, Alicia claimed she's was attacked by Peterson.

"He over powered me completely," she says. "He took all that I had in my life and he could do whatever he wanted to do."

For the next five months she became frustrated with her church. She claims Peterson was never disciplined by her church.
"As far as I know he still had his temple recommend," she says.

But she wanted justice and approached Salt Lake City police still worried about her legal status.

"This wasn't a Salt Lake City case but I had a victim here in crisis," says then Lt. Melodie Gray of Salt Lake City police. "I'm not going to let her walk out the door and tell her it's not my problem."

And she didn't. Lt. Gray notified all of the different police agencies where Alicia claimed she had been sexually attacked.

"I felt like a tremendous relief, that I had just gotten off of my shoulder," she says.'

But because part of the crime happened at the cabin she was told to meet with the Wasatch County sheriff's office. She files a complaint there, but like Janice, nothing happened.

"He told me they weren't going to do anything about i," says Alicia. "He had read Lt. Grays report and they weren't going to do anything about it."

But the Salt Lake district attorney soon pieced together a massive case against Peterson after one of the women comes to his office.

"We could see it wasn't just an isolated incident with one particular victim but there were multiple vicitims identified who were complaining about this single defendant," says Sim Gill.

Four victims testified in court and a judge rules there was enough evidence for Peterson to stand trial.
"He knows what he did, he knows," says Janice."I know what he did."

In court Alicia sobbed throughout her testimony, telling a story that clearly devastated her.

"I felt a huge relief of not having him a chance to see my face again," she says.

But after the preliminary hearing, Peterson was able to bail out of jail pending trial. He committed suicide two days later and left a suicide note claiming in innocence.
Both victims remain bitter, one with her LDS church, both with Wastach County.

"Why didn't Wasatch stop it?" says Janice. "There was a victim after me. If only they had believed me."

"We didn't have enough evidence to convince a jury," says county attorney Scott Sweat. "This case was not winnable."

He also says the second case was rejected because Salt Lake was already investigating and prepared to file charges.

And when ABC 4 News asked Sweat what kind of message does this give women in his county, he refused to answer.
Both women are trying to move on. Both have been in therapy but the scars are deep.

"I've never told my children about this," says Janice. "They know I have problems. I just wish one day I can start hugging them again."

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