Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Convicted molester faces new charges

Complaint filed 3rd day out of jail

By Sharon Coolidge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Three days after being released from the Hamilton County Justice Center, Troy Peters was accused of the same crime he served time for - sexually molesting a child.

A Hamilton County grand jury on Monday indicted Peters, 46, who has no known address, on charges of gross sexual imposition and failure to register as a sexual offender in the molestation of a 12-year-old boy Aug. 14.

Peters was released from jail Aug. 11 after Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge John West sentenced him to two years in prison for attempted rape and two charges of gross sexual imposition for molesting three children under the age of 13 in August 2001. West also designated Peters a sexual predator.

Peters had been held in jail since his 2001 arrest and was given credit for time served and released.

When Peters didn't register with a sheriff's office in five days, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for his arrest.

At the same time, Cincinnati police officers were investigating a complaint that Peters fondled a child under the age of 13 in Price Hill.

Officers found Peters on Aug. 28 sleeping in an empty building downtown.

Peters is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center in lieu of $375,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Peters has been in prison four times since 1984 on charges stemming from crimes committed in Hamilton County, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections.


E-mail scoolidge@enquirer.com

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