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ND man faces multiple charges after alleged sexual assault

David Scott Peterson

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman and saying he would "slit her throat" if she didn't stop resisting on the Greenway, police said in court documents.

David Scott Peterson, 58, was formally charged Monday, May 7, in Grand Forks District Court with a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition, a Class C felony of terrorizing and a Class A misdemeanor charge of ingesting a controlled substance. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Peterson was arrested after a woman said he sexually assaulted her Saturday evening on the Greenway. The two had just met that day in downtown Grand Forks, court documents say.

After having alcoholic beverages at a bar, Peterson suggested the two go down by the river on the Greenway. Once there, he pushed the woman to the ground, removed her pants and underwear and then performed oral sex on her, the documents say.

The woman struggled and told Peterson to stop, but he told her he would "slit her throat" if she didn't stop resisting, court documents say.

Wearing only a T-shirt, the woman was able to get away and ran to the Toasted Frog restaurant as she screamed for help, court documents say.

Officers later arrested Peterson, who told officers he had ingested narcotics, including LSD.

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