Petersen, a Bountiful resident, is accused of committing forcible sodomy and forcible sexual abuse with a teenage female who was a therapy client of his at the time. According to a press release issued by Centerville City Assistant Police Chief Paul Child, formal charges are expected to be filed Friday.
"We feel there is probable cause to support the charges," said Child.
Petersen is a licensed clinical social worker and the former owner of Therapy on the Fly, a Centerville business that closed its doors in August. The company’s website and Facebook page have been scrubbed clean, but a cached copy of the Facebook page dated Sept. 21 describes the business as “an innovative experiential therapy model” that specialized in providing therapy for “adolescents who are dealing with issues such as self-harm, depression, anxiety, image issues, ADHD and more.”
It is alleged that Petersen was engaging in sexual relations with the female on several occasions between March and June 2013. The abuse reportedly occurred in Petersen’s office in Centerville.
The legal department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints reported the matter to the police after the victim told her bishop of the situation.
"Any time there is an alleged sexual abuse situation involving a minor, there is mandatory reporting required by state law," said Child.
Peterson was booked into the Davis County Jail Oct. 31. Police have no information at this time that indicates there were more victims.