CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – The I-TEAM learned new information about a man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2014 while he was a former carnival worker at the Clay County Fair.
Timothy Peterson, 33, of Brewton, Alabama, was arrested July 10 and faces one count of lewd battery.
Peterson was arrested in Brewton, which is located just over the state line from the Florida Panhandle, and brought to Clay County, where he was booked into jail on $25,000 bond.
The sexual assault case against Peterson began in April 2014 at the Clay County Fair. Investigators said Peterson met the victim while she was waiting in line to get onto a Sea Ray ride, which he was operating.
“Once they got back there, unfortunately, he proceeded to molest her (and) then forced her to have sex,” a family spokesperson said.
They met later in the carnival’s bunkhouse, where she said Peterson sexually assaulted her, according to an arrest affidavit.
An Alabama Department of Corrections spokesperson said Peterson was on probation and had just been released from prison when police say he sexually assaulted the girl.
Alabama court records show that, in 2004, Peterson was sentenced to three years in prison for theft. In 2010, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on a drug charge but was released on probation after serving three years.