As the former Deputy Sexual Violence Investigative Officer at the University of Pennsylvania, Peter has substantial experience managing and investigating allegations of sexual assault, harassment, stalking, relationship violence, and other forms of prohibited conduct. He has a comprehensive understanding of Title IX, the Clery Act, FERPA and other laws that apply in the higher education context. While at Penn, Peter provided administrative and organizational support for hearing panels and he assisted the institution in its recordkeeping and annual reporting requirements. He also designed and delivered trainings, created an internal manual on best practices and trauma informed methods for fellow investigators, and found ways to reduce the time that it took to complete investigations without compromising the quality or equity of the process. Peter helped develop Penn’s eight-part educational program for students who violated its sexual misconduct policy and he helped establish similar programs at other institutions.
Peter is well trained in restorative justice. He is an active member of the Campus PRISM (Promoting Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Misconduct) Project, and he has facilitated the informal resolution of a wide variety of sexual misconduct matters. Peter has also worked closely with schools, students, and campus resource offices to ensure that a comprehensive and supportive set of interim measures and/or accommodations are put in place prior to (and during) the disciplinary process.
Peter also spent nine years in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where he served as a prosecutor in the Homicide and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Units. While there, he gained extensive jury trial experience and prosecuted cases involving sexual violence, dating violence, and homicide. As a senior sex-crimes litigator, he handled cases involving particularly difficult issues relating to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. He was also tasked with training other prosecutors on how best to respond to alcohol-facilitated sexual assault, the toxicology of alcohol, medical and forensic evidence, and common victim responses to trauma. He trained forensic interviewers at the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance on appropriate interviewing techniques with juvenile sexual assault complainants and taught social workers at the Department of Human Services on properly responding to allegations of child sexual assault and issues related to teenage recantation. In 2013, Peter was the recipient of the prestigious Lynne Abraham Prosecutor Award for Exemplary Services and Support to Victims and Witnesses of Crime.
Peter received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego and earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.