Utah therapist admits to sexual relationship with teen client
Centerville • Police were notified of abuse after girl told her bishop.
Published: January 30, 2014 07:57PM
Updated: March 10, 2014 12:10PM
Scott Peterson

A Centerville therapist accused of having sex with a teenage client has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Scott Andrew Peterson, 36, of Bountiful, was originally charged in Farmington’s 2nd District Court with first-degree felony sodomy, three counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse and one count of class B misdemeanor lewdness.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse and the remaining charges were dismissed.

Peterson is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10.

The licensed clinical social worker owned Therapy on the Fly in Centerville before it closed in August, police said. Police said the teenage girl was receiving therapy from Peterson, and their “sexual relations” occurred at the Main Street business.

The encounters occurred between March and August, according to the charges. In plea agreement documents, Peterson admitted that he “touched the breasts and vagina” of the then-14-year-old girl.

Police said the girl confided in her bishop about the alleged abuse, and the legal department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints notified police.


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