Bond Unchanged for Man Accused of Slipping into Akron School

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(Samson W. Peterson)

AKRON, Ohio – An attorney representing the Barberton man accused of slipping into an Akron middle school where he allegedly helped himself to electronics and fondled a 12-year-old fought Friday to reduce the bond.

It was set at $100,000 on Thursday.  The judge ruled that the bond would remain unchanged.

Samson W. Peterson, 21, was charged with breaking and entering, criminal trespassing and gross sexual imposition.

Peterson allegedly wandered into the Inventors Hall of Fame Stem School when a mail carrier was leaving the building.

“He was somewhere in the school for probably 45 minutes before he was actually noticed inside the building. He was actually walking into classrooms, into closet areas, into the staff areas where he shouldn’t be before anyone confronted him. Nobody actually confronted him until the 12-year-old girl alerted people in the building that something was wrong,” said Lt. Rick Edwards of the Akron Police.

The school was immediately placed on lockdown and Peterson was arrested inside the school.

Police said at the time he had a computer and two digital cameras that he was attempting to take from the school.

National Inventors Hall of Fame Stem Middle School does have security cameras, a school resource officer, a private security officer and another staff member assigned to security, according to Superintendent David James.

Peterson’s preliminary hearing was set for March 21.

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