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'Santa' posts bond for child sex charges

Posted March 6, 2012

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— A 70-year-old Cary man called "Santa John" is awaiting release from jail after posting a reduced bond for several child sex offenses, Wake County jail officials said early Tuesday.

Once he's released, John Thomas Peters, of 113 Crestpoint Court, will be under house arrest on electronic monitoring. He must also have no access to computers and no contact with children, other than supervised visits with his grandchildren.

District Judge Robert Rader set Peters' bond at $600,000 following his January arrest, but Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan lowered it to $100,000 on Monday.

Peters is charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, solicitation of a child by computer or certain other electronic devices to commit an unlawful sex act and dissemination of obscene material to a minor under the age of 16 years.

Peters, who is known for portraying Santa Claus at malls and holiday events, is accused of having inappropriate conversations with a 15-year-old girl on the Internet. The girl's mother said he sent pornographic pictures and said he wanted to have sex with her daughter.


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  • TheBullCity Mar 6, 2012

    WRAL really needs to do an education piece on bail. Evidently most of the population doesn't understand it.

  • braddavis Mar 6, 2012

    Judge Morgan is a joke. He was when I was in the courtroom, and apparently not much has changed.

  • peacetree Mar 6, 2012

    Disgusting and unreal. Something tells me that if young loved ones of Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan had a possible chance of being around this perv, the bond would not have been lowered. I mean..'REALLY?' He was caught red handed! (No pun intended.)

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Mar 6, 2012

    Yick!! What teenage girl would really think about "Santa" in a sexual manner? This man done lost his mind to a sick fantasy. Yuck!

  • cdhrtp Mar 6, 2012

    Of course they will, and should, continue to refer to him as "Santa". You instantly knew who he headline was talking about, didn't you? Would you have if they used his name?

    I also believe it is important to remember that even "Santa" can be a child molester. It isn't like these perverts have it written on their head!

  • TheBullCity Mar 6, 2012

    The severity of the crime has nothing to do with it. So long as he shows up for trial, you people have no leg to stand on saying he should be denied bail.

    He is presumed innocent and has a right to be free until he is found otherwise. Just be patient, if he is guilty, he'll have to answer for it.

  • Southern Girl Mar 6, 2012

    Please, sombody explain to me WHY a Judge would lower his bail. If anything, he should have been DENIED bail. Now, he is out - ho, ho, ho - to do whatever he can. Unbelievable.

  • SpaceRokr Mar 6, 2012

    Now that his address has been broadcast, the problem might be reolved at no further cost to the tax payers.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Mar 6, 2012

    barbstillkickin, uh, this fellow has not been convicted of anything. He has a right to bail and the conditions are about as strict as you can make them. His visits with his grandchildren will be supervised. Jeez, why don't you go buy a gun and just go shoot the guy......

  • barbstillkickin Mar 6, 2012

    Is it true that he will still be able to be in contact with his grand children. Is this state crazy or what. This man should not even be allowed on the streets let alone around a child. If this is true please keep your children away from grand pa he is a creep.