Ex-Parkland resource officer charged with child neglect

Parkland, Fla. — Former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson, accused of failing to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland massacre has been arrested on 11 charges.

Peterson was the school resource officer at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day 2018, when police say Nikolas Cruz attacked the school, shooting and killing 17 people and wounding 17 others.

State Attorney Mike Satz announced Tuesday that 56-year-old Scot Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury charges. Peterson, then a Broward County deputy, was on duty during the shooting at the high school but never went inside.

Satz says the charges carry a combined prison sentence of nearly 100 years. Peterson's bail was set at $102,000.

A Peterson lawyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twenty-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted in the attack. He has offered to plead guilty in return for a life sentence, but prosecutors have refused that offer.

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