Minister Accused of Sex Assault

Rocky Mountain News [Denver CO]
February 7, 2006,1299,DRMN_15_4447219,00.html

A Denver minister was charged with sexual assault on a child Monday for an alleged sexual relationship he initiated in 2003 with a 17-year-old girl who was in a church choir he directed.

The Rev. Michael Peters, 36, was arrested Jan. 31.

He is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and as a pattern of abuse.

The victim told police that the relationship began after Peters, who was a pastor at the 2nd Baptist Church in Boulder, began counseling her in connection with an earlier sexual assault.

Peters served as youth minister and choir director.

She said she was sexually assaulted after spending the night on a couch at Peters' home after babysitting.

Peters is free on $100,000 bail.

He will be advised of the charges Feb. 21 in Denver County Court.


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