USU prof sentenced in steam room case

Tom Peterson, the Utah State University professor who was cited in February for his part in lewd activities in a steam room in a campus building, was given a fine and probation by a judge Thursday afternoon. Logan Justice Court Judge Cheryl Russell sentenced Peterson to six months iin jail, but suspended the jail time in lieu of probation and a $587 fine. Russell told Peterson prior to his sentencing that she could not make her sentence any worse than what he’d already experienced since the case became public earlier this year. The case involving the highly regarded professor received a great deal of media attention. As part of the sentence, Russell ordered Peterson not to visit the USU campus. After Peterson told the judge that he does consulting work for USU, she told him that he would be allowed to visit the campus for consulting purposes, but outside of that should avoid USU property, specifically the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building where the February steam room incident occurred. The incident on February 24 prompted university recreation employees to reassess their policies, eventually causing them to change the operating hours of the HPER facility so discrete areas could be better monitored by employees.

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