Stephen Peterson testifies in hearing to keep his job at Oak Brook police force

UPDATE DEC. 9: Stephen Peterson’s hearing will continue tonight.

Stephen Peterson, son of Drew Peterson, took the stand last night to defend his decision to accept and hide firearms for his father in the days following the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. Police Chief, Thomas Sheahan, is seeking to terminate Peterson’s employment as a police officer of the Village of Oak Brook, Illinois.

The younger Officer Peterson claimed that by agreeing to accept the guns he was merely helping out his father who was upset, and protecting his father’s favorite guns from any damage they might incur if confiscated by a search warrant.

Stephen Peterson accepted not only firearms but checks for almost a quarter of a million dollars from Drew Peterson in late October 2007. Peterson is charged on three counts:

  1. Obstruction of and Failure to Disclose Facts to Law Enforcement Officials
  2. Possession of Unlawful Weapon
  3. Failure to Keep Internal Investigation Confidential

The full charges brought against him and background (including prior disciplinary actions) can be read here.

Read more at:
Hinsdale Patch.com 1
Hinsdale patch.com 2
Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald

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Documents spell out the charges against Drew Peterson’s cop son

Stephen Peterson

UPDATE: A hearing to decide whether or not to fire Oak Brook police officer, Stephen Peterson, is scheduled for tonight, November 30, at 7 pm. See comments section for the latest. Next hearing scheduled December 9.
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On October 18, Thomas Sheahan, the Chief of Police for the Village of Oak Brook brought three charges against Drew Peterson‘s son, Officer Stephen Peterson, calling for a hearing and the termination of Peterson. Peterson is charged with Obstruction of and Failure to Disclose Facts to Law Enforcement Officials, Possession of Unlawful Weapon and Failure to Keep Internal Investigation Confidential–all in connection to his actions in the days following the disappearance of his father’s wife, Stacy Peterson.

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has set aside nine hours for Stephen Peterson’s hearings to take place over three days.

We’ve acquired a copy of the charges, which includes a background of what occurred in the days surrounding Stacy Peterson’s disappearance (Stephen’s testimony as to what his father requested and what he did for him), as well as outlining Stephen’s prior disciplinary history. Fascinating reading!

The second document is the motion to suspend Stephen Peterson without pay (which has since been denied).

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Drew Peterson’s gun charge dismissal won’t be appealed

The Chicago Tribune has reported that prosecutors have decided not to appeal Judge Richard Schoenstadt‘s decision to dismiss the weapons charges against Drew Peterson.

After becoming the only suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Stacy Peterson, three years ago, Peterson’s home was searched and his weapons confiscated. He appealed successfully to have his confiscated weapons returned, but it was determined that one weapon, a Colt AR-15 had an illegal 11½-inch barrel and that led to his arrest on the illegal weapons charges.

Drew Peterson remains in jail awaiting trial for the murder of this third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Chicago Tribune Story

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