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Former Swain County SRO Pleads Guilty to Sex with Underage Student

B9317454802Z.1_20150522142419_000_GUSASAICH.1-0A 32-year-old former resource officer in Swain County schools has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old student.

David Peterson, 32, of Bryson City, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of sexual activity with a student in Swain County Superior Court.

Judge Alan Thornburg sentenced Peterson to a minimum of 24 months and a maximum of 48 months

Peterson was fired from his job with the Swain County Sheriff’s Office when he was arrested in March 2014. He was previously a teacher at Swain County High School.

Prosecutors say Peterson met the girl when he was a teacher at the school, and the relationship continued after he left that job. David Peterson of Bryson City has been sentenced to between 24 months and 48 months in prison for three felony counts of sexual activity with a student.

Peterson was fired from his job with the Swain County Sheriff’s Office when he was arrested in March 2014. He was previously a teacher at Swain County High School.

Prosecutors say Peterson met the girl when he was a teacher at the school, and the relationship continued after he left that job.

More Charges For Macon County SRO

David Peterson

David Peterson

A mountain SRO accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in Macon County is now charged with the same crime in Swain County. 32-year-old David Peterson was arrested Tuesday and charged with statutory rape. Court documents are shedding more light on this case. Investigators with the SBI have searched Peterson’s home and they’ve also seized cell phone’s belonging to him and the 15-year-old. The sheriff office says Peterson was only two weeks on the job as an SRO at East Elementary School, but was previously a science teacher at Swain County High School. Court documents say detectives collected bedding from Peterson’s Bryson City home, which were tested for DNA. The 15-year-old girl also admitted to texting Peterson several naked photographs of herself. Peterson was initially charged with statutory rape when evidence of an affair popped up in Macon County. But was was then arrested Tuesday in Swain County. Peterson is being held on $200,000 bond in Swain County. Macon County officials have revoked his bond and have requested he be held until a hearing next week.