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Former BSO Deputy Scot Peterson allowed to visit MSD

Scot Peterson
Scot Peterson leaves the Broward County Jail after posting bond, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Peterson, who was the assigned resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been charged with 11 criminal counts after failing to confront the gunman in the Parkland school massacre. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In preparation for his trial, former Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scot Peterson will be allowed to visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School per a defense motion.

According to the motion, Peterson will be allowed on to the premises as long as the visits are coordinated through the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office has already had access to the scene to allow them to prepare for the upcoming trial.

Peterson has been charged with seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury for the deaths of 17 students and staff who died at the high school under his watch in February of 2018.

The report alleges that Peterson refused to enter the building while gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students and staff.

Peterson maintains his innocence, saying he was unaware of where the gunfire was coming from and thought a sniper may have been targeting the building.

“I arrived at that scene, and when I got there, I heard two to three shots outside,” Peterson said during a news conference . “I immediately got on my radio and I reported ‘Shots fired.’ I then went on my school radio to lock down the school, to safeguard the 3,200 kids on that campus.”

Peterson’s attorney, Mark Eiglarsh told reporters that they have not decided on a date in which they would visit the campus, however, the visit will take place on a weekend or day when there are no children on campus.