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:
- Obstruction of and Failure to Disclose Facts to Law Enforcement Officials
- Possession of Unlawful Weapon
- Failure to Keep Internal Investigation Confidential
The full charges brought against him and background (including prior disciplinary actions) can be read here.