The Benton Police Department is releasing the attached information pursuant to Act 1953 of 1999 and guidelines provided by the Sex Offender Assessment Committee established by that law.

The individual who appears on the attached Fact Sheet has been convicted of an offense that requires registration with the Arkansas Crime Information Center. THIS INDIVIDUAL IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THIS TIME. No action on your part is required other than the type of alertness and caution that increases the safety of individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. Should you observe suspicious behavior on the part of this individual, do not take action on your own, but immediately notify law enforcement. Secrecy is the friend of sex offenders.

This notification is not intended to cause alarm. Nor may you use this information to intimidate or harass the person identified. Harassment of any individual is against the law. We all are better protected if this individual makes a successful adjustment and maintains control over deviant sexual impulses. Abuse of this notification could threaten the whole process.

If you feel you need further information about the dynamics of sex offending, you may contact the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence, 4301 W. Markham, Slot 606, Little Rock, AR 72205. Also you can explore the following links for further information:,,

Chief of Police

By: CID Lt. Scotty Hodges
Benton Police Department


Arkansas Criminal Code

# 5-71-208 HARASSMENT

A person commits the offense of Harassment if, with the purpose to harass, annoy or alarm another person, without good cause, he:

1. Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches a person, subjects him to offensive physical contact or attempts or threatens to do so.

2. In a public place, directs obscene language or makes an obscene gesture to or at another person in a manner likely to provoke a violent response.

3. Follows a person about in a public place.

4. In a public place repeatedly insults, taunts or challenges another in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response.

5. Engages in conduct or repeatedly commits acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose.

6. Places the person under surveillance by remaining present outside his or her school, place of employment, vehicle or another place occupied by that person or resident, other than the residence of the defendant for no other purpose than to harass, annoy or alarm.


A person commits Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree if he:

1. Recklessly destroys or damages any property of another.

2. Purposely tampers with any property of another, thereby causing substantial
inconveniences to the owner or some other person.


Offender Name: Peterson, Michael Stephen

Aliases: "Michael S.I. Peterson", "Mike Peterson"

State Police ID #: 3003587

CSN #:

Date Of Birth: 10/5/50

Height: 5-9

Weight: 190

Race: Caucasian

Scars, Marks, or Tattoos: Wears Glasses; 3. Scar Front L. Wrist.

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: Blue

Date of DNA Sample: 7-29-98

Assessment Date:

Current Address: 2611 Janet Dr.; Benton, AR 72015

Probation/ Parole Office: None

Place of Employment: AFCO Steel; Little Rock AR

Vehicle(s) Associated w/ Offender: Hyundai Elantra Silver 2004 LPN: MLI

Description of Crime: This offender's most recent sexual offense conviction was for Criminal Attempt to Commit Rape (2 counts) on 6-23-98. He was convicted of, over a period of time, having two 16 year-old females perform oral sex on him, of digitally penetrating their vaginas, and attempting to insert his penis into the vagina of one of the girls.

Criminal History: No other criminal convictions

Victim Preferences: No definitive pattern established, however, the victims were pre-pubescent /adolescent females.

Risk Level: 1

Risk Increases With:

  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse.
  • Unsupervised contact with minors.
  • Not maintaining a stable residence and consistent, gainful employment.
  • Not being under a strict monitoring and broad notification plan.
  • Not completing treatment for his sexual behavior and other emotional problems.
  • Non-compliance with all aspects of his relapse-prevention plan.

Treatment History: History: Completed a sex offender's treatment program while incarcerated. Recommendations: Ongoing aftercare treatment for his sexual behavior and other emotional problems.