(This story has been edited to correct a mistake. Peterson was a teacher for 27 years when he was arrested in 1996. He was not 27 years old as an earlier version of this story suggested.)
Pahrump Valley Times
Joe Peterson, a former Pahrump Valley High School coach who was convicted of sexual assault in 1996, will be up for a parole hearing May 29, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.
If granted parole, Peterson could be released Aug. 1.
Peterson was sentenced to five years to life by the late Judge John Davis on one count of sexual assault. A 27-year teacher at the time, he was also a member-elect to the Nye County School District board.
Peterson was initially arrested on three counts of sexual assault but pleaded guilty to one count. The allegations of sexual misconduct with Pahrump Valley High School girls stemmed all the way back to 1978.
Peterson coached girls basketball, volleyball and softball. He was once honored as coach of the year.
In August 2004, the allegations led an angry crowd of 50 parents to complain to Nye County school board members for three hours about inadequate policing of teachers in front of cameras from Las Vegas television stations.
Peterson is an inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center and is at the medium custody level. He was last eligible for parole in 2009; his first parole eligibility hearing came in 2001.