45-year-old William Peterson of Granger may be out of Prison now and back in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Detroit , Michigan

45-year-old William Peterson of Granger just feel the need to repost this old story. His 2 years are up. How do we post this so AA members in Detroit can be warned?

Ex-banker gets deal in child molestation case

An ex-Michigan bank president accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl has pleaded guilty in a deal that could eventually clear him of felony charges and keep him off Indiana’s sex offender registry. St. Joseph (Ind.) County prosecutors charged William C. Peterson, 43, with felony child molesting. The South Bend Tribune reported authorities accuse the Granger resident of fondling a sleeping girl in May 2008. St. Joseph, Mich.-based Edgewater Bank fired Peterson soon after he was charged.
MAY 11, 2011

His trial was to start Friday. Under Tuesday’s deal, he’ll be sentenced in 2014 on misdemeanor battery charges and will be cleared of felony penalties if he sticks to court-ordered terms. They include staying away from the victim, continuing psychiatric counseling, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and abstaining from drugs and alcohol.



Ex-banker from Granger headed to prison for child molesting

July 27, 2012|WSBT-TV and ERIN BLASKO South Bend Tribune
    • SOUTH BEND – A former bank president accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl in May 2008 has been sentenced to two years in prison for violating the terms of a plea agreement.

45-year-old William Peterson of Granger pleaded guilty to sexual battery and battery and is now required to register as a sex offender.

On April 12, Peterson reportedly tested positive for alcohol, violating his plea agreement, refused urine drug screenings, failed to report to probation and did not attend alcohol and mental health counseling, according to deputy prosecutor Cara Brook at an April 20 hearing.

By not following the court deal, St, Joseph Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller called Peterson to court to convict him of child molesting and sexual battery, and on Friday, it was Woodward Miller who handed down the 2-year prison sentence.

According to court documents, Peterson, former president of St. Joseph, Mich.-based Edgewater Bank, fondled a sleeping 6-year-old girl at a home in Granger in May 2008.



 Detroit Michigan, Indiana…??? AA meetings beware if you have small children of this sex offender court ordered to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. 

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51 thoughts on “45-year-old William Peterson of Granger may be out of Prison now and back in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Detroit , Michigan

  1. How do apply Meghans Law to the likes of a 12 step program????

    A program where all remain anonymous yet encourages its members to write down and share phone numbers and get involved with each through sponsorship,
    It is of no surprise to be me that we read ongoing news stories about muggings, rape, fraud, murder and child molestation in these programs.

  2. Just think… AA meetings are held in churches where there are children…. parents bring their children to meetings…. This is just madness.


  3. I’m a little confused. Granger is in Indiana where the offence took place and he was arrested. Would Indiana be where he is residing now? He is not on the registry in Granger Indiana (Yeah I looked. I was going to correlate his residence with local AA meetings then see if the churches had children’s program running at the same time. So many churches have websites…. this can be done quite quickly now.).

    Anyways…. If I am understanding the article correctly Michigan was simply where the company was based, ‘Peterson, former president of St. Joseph, Mich.-based Edgewater Bank’.

    Just fishing….. Any more research and I’m going to have to buy a plaid bowtie to put on when I sit down at my computer…..and one for Marchon too….. 🙂 Just saying….


    • The linked article is from the South Bend, Indiana Newspaper, so I checked South Bend sex offender registry, and there he is. Thanks for the info on doing this, Librarian. This is AA’s job. They should inform members of offenders who are court ordered to AA, in their areas. I see that a lot are violent offenders, too. I suppose AA would say that it is up to individual groups to do this, in which case, any member could make up a handout and distribute at local meetings. This would raise awareness of the problem, if nothing else. Are there other tried and true methods of alerting AA members, Massive?

      • I think that it is time that churches become aware that they are being flooded with people like this – and that they need to a) adjust their evening children’s programs or b) adjust the AA program that is in their church so the two do not have contact because of the high possibility that are will be registered sex offenders who are there.

        Hmmmmm perhaps dropping a time to the higher ups in the churches will be more effective than attempting to contact individual churches…. ie: Archbishop the Catholic church….. etc…..

        • Basically…. AA will probably never change in our lifetimes… so maybe we can make it more difficult for them to operate and obtain locations. 🙂

          • Ohhh I just got an idea… how about explaining the situation to these people? They deal specifically with sex offenders and keeping the community safe. I wonder what they would say if they knew the courts were sentencing sex offenders to a program that was held in the basement of churches?



          • Librarian- The man, who ran NY headquarters for 10 years, who introduced me to Paul C, who then helped me create the Make AA Safer Workshop, who wrote the 7 page letter that he read to the board and they voted to do nothing, said to me over coffee in 2009,
            “AA will not exist in 50 years”. I said why….
            he said ” they are so ridged and stubborn and will not change anything” .

            I think it will be similar to the Catholic Church. It will be way smaller in 5 years. in 10 it will be 70 % smaller. in 15 years it will be tiny. Its just a prediction. I will be alive to see the new healthy modalities take over with all of our help . Thank you all for what you do and your blogging. I no longer feel alone in my work.

            • Massive, I read the 7 page letter that you linked up the other day, and it seemed to me the AA brass said that they could not do anything because each group was autonomous. They didn’t say the groups couldn’t do anything. They said it was up to the groups themselves to implement changes. I found it hard, while in AA, to deal with group conscience meetings, etc. But I was not very focused on an issue and didn’t pursue it very hard. ..

        • Good idea. And the leadership of each and every diocese in the Catholic Church would be a good start – given that they are being hyper-vigilant about their own sexual abuse issues. They may want to give this matter some thought so as to not have the perception that they are complicit with this issue. The Church can’t afford any complicity with this, given the ongoing revelations about priests abusing their power over the vulnerable.
          Are you wearing your bow tie?
          You are too funny Ms. Librarian.

          • Hello,

            Fabulous idea!

            I have written a draft of a letter I intend to send to Vincent Nichols, who is the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the leader of the Catholics in England & Wales.

            I have outlined the nature of AA and where it would contradict teaching as determined by the Cathecism (HP, the lack of a scientific basis behind the 12-step therapy for alcoholism which is contrary to Cathecism). The Oxford group roots of AA are mentioned along with the fact that Catholics were banned from joining OG. The 12 & 12 fails to clearly recommend to Catholics at any rate confession of wrongs to a priest in order to gain absolution. The HP can be anything even something that’s not benevolent.

            There are studies showing that AA is no more effective than no treatment for alcoholism, indeed it can raise the death rate.

            Also mentioned is that the archdiocese hosts AA meetings and that these meetings will allow anyone including criminals who merely say they’ve a drinking problem attend without any vetting. In light of the recent paedophile scandals that have afflicted the Church, it would be wise to review who is using Church premesis throughout the archdiocese for 12-step meetings with public safety in mind. In other juristictions, courts have sent criminals to meetings without even insuring the meetings vet them, leading in some cases to tragic but clearly avoidable outcomes.

            I’d appreciate it if anyone has got something they wish to add.

            • Great letter; including an actual case and explain ‘this is just one’, that might be really punch it home.


            • Yes, the meetings on Catholic grounds are not held on church grounds here in the states.
              They are allowed to rent rooms on parochial SCHOOL grounds.
              If that is the case in the UK, they might not be too comfortable with court ordered pedos in the gyms and classrooms.

            • I tried this, I contacted my local C of E vicars and used an adapted letter from about half way down this page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christians-Against-12-Step-Deception/313153568833567?fref=ts

              My adventures are on the long and winding road thread.

              From a spirtitual / abuse angle they couldn’t do much as our diocsis addiction liaison is a stepper but they were privately appalled and said they could probably get them out on a technicality as in England, anyone using C of E premises MUST have a safeguarding vulnerable adults policy and a complaints procedure and a vetting procedure for anyone going out to anyone’s home (ie 12 step calls).

              AA has none of these.

              In the UK each group or intergroup I think is responsible for its own public liability insurance but I couldn’t find out if that includes attacks and abuse, more things like burning yourself on the tea urn or falling down the stairs to the basement.

              I agree that like getting Al Capone for tax evasion, getting them on technicalities for their meeting places is a good idea.


        • There are a meetings in hospitals, also. Perhaps there will be an AA migration from church to hospital. I wonder how they will like the influx of “addicts” sitting around in their lush lobbies and descending on their hospital restaurants and cafes!

      • THANK You ALL. I was confused . I will change the headline. I could not figure out where he was residing. Lets call the churches and the AA Central Office and their delegate and their area chair in AA.

        I can do the inside AA service structure calls if some of you will call the churches where we find there are meetings.
        Put on that BOW TOW!!!

      • Getting a member who already still goes but it cool to make a flyer with his picture on it and post it on the wall of the bathrooms. This has been done in many cities by women who have contacted me.

        • I’m not sure what your laws are around this type of activity for pedophiles are – but one must be careful not to loose our focus – which is AA itself, not targeting individuals who have been mandated by the courts to AA. It would be impossible to flyer all the pedophiles who had mandated to AA – not to mention exhausting.

          Perhaps the effort could go into letters and such to churches of all the major denominations…. to see if we can at least get AA out of there. For goodness sake, there are children there. Making a list of some of the offenders that are mandated to AA in the letters to the churches, would be proof of what we are concerned about. Heck, find one pedophile for each state to show that this is a country wide issue then send THAT letter to the Vatican!

          Am I making sense?


          • Getting AA out of the churches is a grand idea. The churches are a big part of the problem. I would think their insurance companies would be worried that pedophiles were going to AA meetings with no one in charge.

              • The insurance companies that specialize insurance for churches. They make most churches have safety guidelines to prevent sex abuse. But it seems to not extend to 12 step meetings.

                If a church does ever require an AA meeting to obtain their own insurance it is only liability and does NOT cover sexual molestation or sex abuse.

      • Truthfully I like to think of mine bow tie looking like ‘Les Nessman’s’ from WKRP in Cincinnati. He had such an annoying little voice and he was one fellow who would not stop being annoying and – That’s me.

        I am a Les Nessman to AA with one main difference…. I get the information a wee tad more accurate than he does. 😉

        None-the-less….. I do love how he manages to irritate and I plan to keep it up. 🙂



  4. We should also put other recovery programs (SmartRecovery, SOS, etc) on alert as well. You never know where he will turn to for help.

  5. Here’s the letter from here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christians-Against-12-Step-Deception/313153568833567?fref=ts but I added my own personal comments about our local area, where they meet, certain abuses I KNEW FOR A FACT that had happened and I said more about 13th stepping.

    Dear Father XXX

    I am disappointed to hear that your church is allowing Alcoholics Anonymous
    to hold meetings on its premises. Whilst I am sure that this was done from the
    best of intentions, I would suggest that an examination of the precepts of this
    organization as laid out in its literature and shown by the type of witnessing
    known as “sharing” in its meetings is incompatible with the Christian faith as
    understood by Catholics, or indeed any Protestant denominations I am familiar
    with. It’s bogus “spirituality” has more to do with superstition, magic and
    occultism than Christianity. As a matter of fact (recorded in AA’s own official
    biography of him, “Pass it On”) this movement’s co-founder Bill Wilson was an
    enthusiastic lifelong participant in séances in which he claimed to contact the
    spirits of the dead.

    AA also explicitly encourages the heresy of indifferentism, which suggests
    that any conception of God (euphemistically downgraded in AA to “higher power”) is as good as any other. Even the absurd notion that people can pray to things like light bulbs, doorknobs or chairs is routinely suggested in AA meetings as a step on the way to abdicating responsibility for one’s own life and trusting
    implicitly that Alcoholics Anonymous has all of the answers one will ever need
    on how to live one’s life.

    You may be surprised to know that Alcoholics Anonymous has very little to say
    about the nature of alcohol addiction as a health problem, but has a great deal
    to say about the supposed importance of embracing some very strange concepts concerning the nature of God, the purpose of prayer and the notion that “spiritual diseases” exist. These ideas are not really compatible with
    mainstream Christianity, although they may share some features with eccentric
    sects like Christian Science.

    Alcoholics Anonymous had its origins in the 1930s in an evangelizing
    protestant sect known as the Oxford Group, run by the Rev. Frank Buchman. This movement was highly controversial, partly because of accusations of deceptive recruiting and religious heresy (Catholics were actually banned by the Vatican from participating in it) and partly because of the notorious far-right
    political sympathies of its leader who openly praised Hitler.

    The sacrament of Confession, familiar to me as a baptized Catholic is
    sacrilegiously distorted in AA so that one is encouraged to divulge one’s
    guiltiest secrets (supposedly with God’s blessing) to an AA “sponsor” whose only
    qualification to hear them is that he or she has been a drunkard. Such a person
    is, of course, un-ordained, untrained, unaccountable and not sworn to

    This organization has a morbid and sickly religiosity which is entirely its
    own and is not compatible with Christianity. To anyone who is involved with it
    for any length of time it becomes clear that its “spirituality” is a matter of
    making AA itself the central authority and guide in one’s life, not God. This
    becomes very clear as one hears old-established members talk with undisguised
    contempt and disdain about the Christian religion, whilst literally giving AA
    writings such as the so-called “Big Book” (really called “Alcoholics Anonymous”)
    the same reverence and affording it the same authority as Christians would
    reserve for the Bible.

    AA successfully misrepresents itself to the outside world as a
    no-strings-attached self-help and support group. In reality it is closer to
    being a peculiar and exclusive medico-religious cult. Despite its protestations
    of ecumenical religious open-mindedness, it actually requires beliefs and
    practices which set it quite apart from any other religion and make it a de
    facto religion in its own right.

    I know quite a lot about this organization because in the past I had a problem with drinking too much. I am pleased to say that this is no longer an issue, but for a time I did become involved with the movement. However, I was repelled by its heretical religiosity, its dishonesty and the obvious danger of some of its practices to the mentally ill or vulnerable.

    I don’t think this movement should be taken at face value, any more than
    should, say, the Moonies or Scientology (who also run a plausible addiction
    “recovery” program). In particular, AA’s claim that there is nothing in its
    teachings that can possibly conflict with a person’s prior religious beliefs
    needs close examination. I don’t believe that claim stands up to honest

    I am not alone in having these concerns. There has for some considerable time
    been a growing body of criticism of AA in print and on the internet amongst
    ex-members, mental health professionals, researchers and members of churches about the unaccountable way this movement intrudes a skewed and loaded “spiritual” agenda into supposed help for vulnerable people.

    I hope you don’t mind my airing these views. When I first heard of Alcoholics
    Anonymous I assumed it to be an obviously benign movement, but considerable
    firsthand experience of the organization and its message has caused me to think

    Sincerely XXX

    • wow girlscout. What a fantastic letter. I may send one to a church next to my YMCA where I work out sometimes, that is filled with babies and children…ALL the time!

      Again job well done. Tell us how he, they respond. 🙂

      • Thanks guys

        I didn’t write it, but adapted that letter from the Christians against 12 step page and then sent it to my C of E vicars. They agreed to meet me but obviously by the time we met they’d contacted their addiction liaison who is a lay church member but also a stepper and he;d sent them a two page hand written letter and a booklet on ‘AA for the professional’.

        Privately they were totally appalled by my stories of the dodgy spirituality, and the sexual exploitation but said that officially there was not a lot they could do. The Church of England is governed by it’s own ‘civil’ laws (employment law etc) but it was governed by English Criminal Law.

        However, privately they said that any organisation using church premises (church of England) has to have safeguarding procedures so in the case of AA that’d be a Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, and a complaints procedure and a vetting procedure. Obviously AA doesn’t have these things…

        She thanked me for my courage and honest and intelligence, told me I was very brave, promised she would keep my name confidential and said they’d look into inviting SMART in as an alternative and also look at their referral process so when they are asked to counsel someone with a problem they’d look into where they referred them.

        She did laugh her head off in horror when I told her that AA said alcoholism was a ‘spiritual malady’ and that GOD = Group of Drunks.

        I’ve not yet been brave enough to write to the Catholic Priest – I am not a catholic, and don’t know him either so not sure he’d keep my name private – but sure the Catholic church in particular would be horrified ….

        Girlscout x

        • Girlscout, You truly are brave. I am so proud of you for doing this and am not surprised that the stepper got to them. It’s sad, steppers are everywhere.

          I am also proud of the Church because it sounds like they have taken you very seriously regardless of how the stepper has interfered.

          I wish I had seen this post earlier today because you are such an amazing woman and truly don’t want to miss a moment of time to say THANK YOU!!!!!. You are my hero tonight. 🙂


        • Hi girlscout, in your comment it said ” However, privately they said that any organisation using church premises (church of England) has to have safeguarding procedures so in the case of AA that’d be a Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, and a complaints procedure and a vetting procedure. Obviously AA doesn’t have these things…”

          SO what exactly are they saying here? Organizations that use church property need safeguards, yet AA has none, but they cannot do anything about it? Or does it give them something to work with because AA and NA have no safeguards like even the insurance companies of churches demand?

          • Girlscout has given me courage to also write a letter – I am drafting it now and will post it for everyone’s input. I was at one of my local community centers which does outreach for street kids. There was the pamphlet from AA entitled ‘A Message to Teenagers’.

            I took the bull by the horns and asked one of the councillors where the suggestion box was. He asked ‘Why?’, I told him in a very quiet and even tone. He totally blew a gasket when I pointed out that there was not criminal record check, vulnerable sector check therefore no one can give informed consent…. etc.. He explained with great authority that he had 7 years sobriety in AA, to which I told him that I had over 20 and safety issues is the reason why I left.

            I kept my calm the entire time – he however was red faced with eyes bulging barely able to contain himself from yelling because I dared question the program.

            He also used all the AA excuses ‘You are being judgemental’ etc…. I told him that those were words he was taught in AA to use when anyone questions the program. He argued that point, ‘They do not have classes!’ I explained that it was by repetition and example through meetings, sponsorship, speakers and conferences.

            Anyways…. I’m glad to have seen all the bull from Whispers and the others on the Youtube site because it gave me an idea of what I was in for.

            That was my first ‘face to face’ with a member. It was nice to not have to worry what the group or my sponsor would say at my words.



            • Good for you Librarian. These people are supposed to be helping teens. When I read that AA pamphlet for teens, it just made me angry and sick the complete crap they are spreading. They have no business having those when meetings are unsafe and they are pushing emotionally abusive 12 step practices against our teens.

            • Librarian

              Wow, that was brave, not sure I could have done it face to face. And that was one of my arguments with ‘Bill W Lives’ on YouTube, they kept banging on about their ‘twenty years’ sobriety’ and I said, ah ha but the film maker Massive has 36 years, so if you put so much store in time, why don’t you respect that she knows more about it and is wiser than you are?! No answer, obviously…

              But that’s when lots of time in the programme comes in handy … 3 – 5 years is usually the zealot stage, 5 – 7 is when trauma if there is any, comes a calling. You probably did him a very great favour even if it doesn’t come home to roost just yet.

              But well done, it’s outrageous they are recruiting street kids into that nonsense.

              There was a documentary on here last night about ‘extreme brat camps’ – US fly on the wall type thing. We don’t have those kind of things in the UK (yet) but it was very, very, very scary and I’d bet most of them were steppers. Parents ruin their kids and then send them off there when they can no longer deal with the mess they’ve created by not setting boundaries in the first place. Must be incredibly damaging for those kids. One lad was crying his eyes out for his mother and was shouted out to ‘stop that snivelling’ – awful.

              Keep us posted,


          • Hiya

            Yes that’s what she meant, that officially their line seemed to be that they were co-operating with AA and this had come from higher up, she’d been put in touch with the addiction liaison when she asked her boss about it and he’d written to her to reassure her and send her a pamphlet (he’s a stepper).

            However, privately she said that as the Church of England is governed by it’s own laws (they have their own court even!) then they get away with a lot of stuff, so for instance they are not up to speed with employment law. But they ARE subject to English criminal law and given sex scandals in the church and any organisation working with vulnerable people is a really hot topic here, their rules are any group renting space or using church premises has to have the appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures (for e.g. I volunteer for a church youth club and I am background checked, signed up to a hefty child protection policy and governed by certain rules e.g. I must NEVER EVER engage a child I have met at youth club via social media even if the child sends me a friend request or a message).

            With AA they’d technically need to have a safeguarding vulnerable adults policy and a complaints procedure and I don’t think AA has these things, so she was saying privately that they might be able to make life difficult for them by asking for paperwork that they won’t have. And that they’d been within their rights to ask them to find somewhere else if they couldn’t produce them.

            Also I was thinking, wasn’t there an Anglican priest trustee of AA Great Britain who wrote a really long letter to the GSO of GB about sexual predation? I think it was quite graphic. I know the UK has guidelines (not that they are enforced) – I might try and find it and give it to her, I’ve read it somewhere on this blog.

            Hope that makes sense, it’s late here and I’m up nursing a poorly dog who seems to have eaten a clothes peg and scratched her throat (no major damage done thinks the vet but she’s looking fairly hangdog right now 🙁 )

            Girlscout x

  6. I got to thinking…….

    I posted this in part to a friend on another site about constantly engaging XA defenders:

    There is so much more to life than engaging in moot discussions with aa sympathizers. Their pro aa opinions are sooo deeply engrained and sadly, they won’t change unless, and this is a BIG Maybe, some one close to them, like a family member or spouse gets hurt by one of these dangerous sickos in the “rooms.”

    They will always hide behind the traditions (esp. the third) as a way of whipping every vulnerable person into conformity. aa’s form of conformity, that is.

    I believe that by taking pro-active stances like the one depicted above (i.e. informing churches, etc.) about who is being allowed to conduct business on their premises is foremost better that getting into these endless debates with individuals that absolutely skirt around and deflect the need for what’s ‘affecting AA as a whole’. That is, the lack of safety warinings so that people know what they are getting themselves into.

    In the meantime, I pray (and I mean this sincerely) that their (pro AA’s) loved ones stay safe.

    I can’t even imagine the pain and grief that the Brada family is going through. Que Dios les bendiga abundamente.

    We have got to protect our hearts and our minds.

    Love to all of you!!!!!!!

    • There is so much vitriol in the world right now it is hurtful.
      I think it best to focus on helping people who have been hurt in there. And warning people of what can happen.
      Good post.

      • So right. I need not, at times, look further than my own back yard, so to speak.

        Thank you ferdinand and GB to you and yours as well.

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