The 43 year old faced a judge Monday on charges related to child pornography. He was arrested at his Cary home Saturday on six counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor.
After being released from jail on a $50,000 bond over the weekend, Peterson kept a low profile while waiting to face the judge alongside his attorney. Following his appearance, Peterson left the courtroom quickly with no comment about the charges.
"It's a matter that involves Internet pictures," Peterson's lawyer Robert Padavano said. "We do take it very seriously. But it is a felony, and we're going to address it in court. Until then, I've advised him not to say anything.
Cary police have said the charges are related to possession of child porn, not any inappropriate relationship with a student.
According to Green Hope High School's website, Peterson not only coached the girls' soccer team, which was ranked number one in the country and won a state championship this year, but also taught social studies at the school.