Drew Peterson's Son Fired

Officer Stephen Peterson's claim about hiding weapons was 'self-serving'

By Anthony Ponce
|  Saturday, Feb 19, 2011  |  Updated 5:47 PM CDT
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Drew Peterson's oldest son just lost his job at the Oak Brook Police Department. 

The Oak Brook Board of Fire & Commissioners on Saturday found Officer Stephen Peterson guilty of obstructing the police investigation of his father's missing wife, Stacy Peterson, by allegedly hiding his father's guns after she vanished.

The decision comes after Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheahan testified last year that Stephen Peterson should be kicked off the force for hiding the guns and not disclosing more than $200,000 Drew Peterson gave him after Stacy Peterson's disappearance on Oct. 27, 2007.

"Officer Peterson's continuing claim that the weapons and money were irrelevant to the investigation by the Illinois State Police were self-serving, disingenuous, not credible and demonstrate that Officer Peterson lacks the fundamental ability to make sound judgments," the board's prepared statement reads.

The decision was read out loud Saturday morning by board chairman Frederick Cappetta.

"The board further finds Officer Peterson's testimony to be completely self-serving and lacking any credibility whatsoever." 

Peterson has 35 days to appeal the decision in Circuit Court.

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