Ex-Idaho budget director will be jailed in child porn case

A former Idaho budget director has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to willfully possessing or accessing child sexually exploitative material.

Fourth District Court Judge Lynn Norton sentenced 77-year-old Martin Peterson earlier this week after he agreed to a plea deal in January.

Peterson was charged with 14 counts of sexual exploitation of a child dating back to 2015, but 12 of the charges were dismissed in the plea agreement.

Prosecutors asked for three fixed years in prison, with another seven possible. Each count was punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Peterson worked as budget director under former Governors John Evans and Cecil Andrus, and served on the staff of Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Church.

Peterson, a University of Idaho graduate, also served on the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Media advisory board, the Friends of Idaho Public Television board and as the president for the Foundation for Idaho History. Peterson was also special assistant to the university president and interim director of the James A. McClure Center for Public Policy Research.  (AP)

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