Update March 4th: Tom Peterson makes initial court appearance March 3rd, pleads not guilty. Updated post HERE.
When Chris Buttars was captured on video connecting homosexuality to "pig sex", Utah gays threw a hissy fit and dumped all over him, claiming that such behavior was atypical, and that they're really no different than straights.
But how many straights engage in sex in a public bathhouse? Usually none. Two gay men attempted to stage their own "common ground initiative" in a public steam room at Utah State University (USU) earlier this week. University police officials confirmed on Thursday February 26th, 2009 that they have issued a misdemeanor citation to a USU professor who is accused of being involved in a lewd incident on campus. The professor has since been identified by KSL Channel 5 as Tom Peterson (pictured above left), a Professor of Agricultural System Technology and Education. Original media story published February 27th by the Logan Herald-Journal; an updated February 28th story is available HERE.
USU Police Capt. Steve Milne said the investigation began on Tuesday February 24th when an individual reported to school staff that he had witnessed a lewd act take place in the steam room of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) building on 700 North. A USU employee then contacted police, who arrived and began looking into the incident. They identified one professor, subsequently revealed as , and are still trying to identify the other individual, an adult believed to be 25 years old. Police believe the activity was consensual.
Milne said the suspects each presented a university identification card to use the facility and that detectives have shown witnesses photographs of possible suspects. Milne also said detectives are trying to identify who was in the steam room Tuesday night by reviewing the identify cards used to enter the building that evening.
According to Kevin Kobe, director of USU’s campus recreation, this is the first lewd incident reported to HPER staff. But Kobe said he heard rumors during fall 2008 that sexual activities were occurring in the steam room. That impression is supported by the existence of a number of ads on Craigslist.com’s “Men Seeking Men” section that mention meeting in the steam room. On Wednesday, The Herald Journal found seven such ads posted since January 26th. Kobe stressed that a new policy was instituted at HPER in response to the rumors. The facility now has a night manager who walks through the building.
This incident has already being discussed on the RateMyProfessors website. Peterson is also listed HERE as having earned $149,391 in 2008.
Commentary: Disgusting, itz! You would think the way homosexuality is accepted today that the two individuals could have had the decency to go get a room somewhere, or flip a coin to determine whose residence to use. Kudos to the people who reported them, and to the cops for taking it seriously.