Gregory Peters admits he tutored a 16-year-old girl in 1999, tickled her and her friend, allowed them to spend the night and took her out to eat at a local Macaroni Grill. He was then a 33-year-old employee of the Kennedale school district.
The girl says she performed a sex act on him on the night of his birthday in March 1999, according to an arrest warrant issued this week.
Peters, 51, now a math teacher at Arlington Martin High School, denied having oral sex.
But the girl, now a young woman, made an outcry in recent days, prompting an investigation that led to his arrest this week.
“We are not certain why she came forward now but it’s not uncommon for someone to report this type of offense years later,” police Lt. Christopher Cook said Thursday in an email.
Peters was taken into custody Wednesday and released after posting $5,000 bail. He declined to comment Thursday when reached by telephone.
Peters faces a charge of sexual assault of a child under 17, police said.
Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that there may be additional girls involved, Cook said in a news release.
Peters remained on leave from his position at Arlington Martin, a school official said in an email Thursday. Arlington school officials were notified of the allegations on Oct. 15 and began an internal investigation, the official said.
“He was removed from campus,” spokeswoman Leslie Birdow said. “He was reported to the Texas Education Agency after the AISD was made aware of his arrest. Peters was not an AISD employee when this incident occurred. When Peters was hired in 2012, there was no issues in his background that would have indicated any concerns.”
According to the warrant, the girl was 16 years old in March 1999 and Peters was a 33-year-old teacher and coach at a high school in the Kennedale school district.
The girl and a friend began prank-calling Peters when they were sophomores, the warrant says. Peters wanted to meet them so they showed up at his home in Arlington, it says. He volunteered to tutor them in math at his home.
While at his home on some visits, the girls played with his dog, washed his hair and painted his fingernails, according to the warrant. He allowed them to spend the night, the girls sleeping in a guest bedroom and Peters in his bedroom, the warrant says.
A witness interviewed by police Monday told investigators she had been a neighbor of Peters in 1999 and saw the girls visiting him on several occasions. Peters had even invited the witness to his home, but she declined because “she did not like the way the suspect looked at or talked to her, the suspect seemed creepy to her,” according to the warrant.
One of the girls stopped visiting Peters at his home after she acquired a boyfriend, it says.
But the other girl continued to visit the home. On the night of March 19, 1999, Peters took the girl out to dinner and introduced her to his brother. They snuck into a hot tub at a new Arlington apartment complex and then drove to his home in Arlington, the warrant says.
According to the warrant, Peters asked her to have sex with him, but she initially refused. He eventually talked her into providing oral sex, the warrant states.
As of Wednesday, none of the girl’s statements have proven to be false, according to the warrant.
The warrant states Peters had no previous criminal history.