Post Falls man arrested on child sex abuse charges, court records say

Post Falls man arrested on child sex abuse charges, court records say
Kootenai County Jail
Mark Evan Peterson was arrested on child sex abuse charge. 

Authorities arrested a Post Falls man they believe sexually abused a 9-year-old girl.

Mark Evan Peterson, 53, was arrested for lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.

According to court documents, Peterson was babysitting the young girl and her sister when the incident happened. He later admitted to their mother what happened and accused the young girls of trying to arouse him by sitting on his lap.

Peterson told the girl’s parents he had been in therapy in the past for having sexual thoughts about young girls, court documents state.

During an investigation, police reported the young girl’s parents went to their pastor, who reportedly did not notify police about the alleged abuse.

Peterson’s bond was set at $200K. If he does bond out of jail, police say he’s not to have any contact with children, or to attend his church.