Former Austin cop pleads guilty in window peeping case

By Steven Kreytak
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Published: 7:33 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

A former Austin police officer has pleaded guilty to official oppression and was sentenced to two years' deferred adjudication, a form of probation, related to allegations that he peeped into a woman's apartment window while on duty last year.

Joshua James Peters, 36, resigned from the force after his indictment in February on two counts of official oppression. The indictment accused him of subjecting two women to unlawful searches while acting "under color of his office or employment."

In a plea deal with prosecutors last week, Peters, a Round Rock resident, agreed to permanently surrender his peace officer's license.

The second felony count was dismissed under the deal and was instead filed as a Class C misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, according to lawyers in the case.

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