A former Boy Scout youth leader has pleaded guilty to one count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, following plea negotiations with prosecutors.
Bryan R. Peterson, 25, entered the guilty plea Friday before 4th District Judge J. Robert Bullock. Peterson, who faces a maximum sentence of five years to life in prison and a $10,000 fine, will be sentenced Jan. 12.The defendant originally was charged with three counts of sodomy on a child. The charges were amended after Peterson agreed to plead guilty to the forcible sodomy charge.
The defendant was arrested in September after Orem police served a search warrant on his home following reports of sexual abuse by a 9-year-old Orem boy. Police said the victim, after learning about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, told his mother that he may have contracted a disease as a result of sexual contact with the defendant.
Local Scout leaders said Peterson's membership with the Squaw Peak and Timpanogos districts was suspended Sept. 25, immediately following his arrest.