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Bond reduced for 'Santa' on child sex charges

Posted March 5, 2012

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— A judge on Monday reduced the bond for "Santa John," a 70-year-old Cary man who is charged with several child sex offenses.

John Thomas Peters, of 113 Crestpoint Court, 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.

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.

If Peters posts bond, Morgan ordered that he be under house arrest on electronic monitoring, that he have no access to computers and that he have no contact with children, other than supervised visits with his grandchildren.


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  • fayncmike Mar 6, 2012

    "This guy may be an older man now but I would bet his past would reveal he has been this way for much of that time,feel no pity for him and question why he is given a break on his bond.

    Yes, let's just forget a trial and execute him. We don't need no steenking justice system.

  • fayncmike Mar 6, 2012

    If he poses no flight risk bond is unnecessary.

  • TheBullCity Mar 5, 2012

    "You get the judges you elect liberals. Congratulations."

    So conservatives beleive people should be improsoned without trial?

  • TheBullCity Mar 5, 2012

    What's with folks whining about his bond? Is there any cause to deny him bond? He is presumed innocent and unless there is a credible reason to beleive he will reoffend or become a fugitive, he has a right to bond.

  • NC Tech Mar 5, 2012

    I think the Judge here is trying to allow the Old man some time home before the trial. Once he's convicted he'll die in prison. That is if he's sentanced correctly.

  • wells0259 Mar 5, 2012

    Better be my child isnt the one that this happened to. I would flip if they lowered the bond on him.. Crazy the judge must not have kids

  • nonemeant Mar 5, 2012

    Ho, Ho, Hold on a minute!!

  • shannonwilliams Mar 5, 2012

    This guy looks familiar?! Was he the Santa at Southpoint?

  • sunshine1040 Mar 5, 2012

    Please stop calling him santa. He may have played Santa at the mall but he does not act like Santa should

  • tom73b Mar 5, 2012

    What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty, the judge must have some info we don'have. After reading these comments I pray that i never am Accused of a crime and it is reported here. But, if he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I would be honored to be the one who sticks the needle in, and I won't sanitize the injection site. (never have figured that one out why sanitize the injection site he the perp is gonna be gone in a couple of minutes)