MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters has been found not guilty of obstruction of a peace officer but was found guilty of obstruction of government operations, according to Nexstar’s KREX.
Peters was arrested in February last year during the execution of a search warrant in downtown Grand Junction.
Peters was accused of using an iPad to record a hearing. A search warrant was issued for Peters’ iPad and she was detained while at a coffee shop in Grand Junction.
According to the arrest warrant issued after her detainment, investigators were speaking with a man asking if he was in possession of an iPad that was the subject of a search warrant. Investigators focused on the man because he was “preventing access to the table by the DA Investigators.” The iPad in question was then passed around between patrons seated at the table.
The warrant said Peters then stood between officers and the man, obstructing officers’ access to him.
The affidavit states the reporting officer then took Peters by the arm and tried to move her in the direction of other responding officers. At that time, Peters began “actively resisting and was placed in handcuffs for obstructing officers.” The affidavit says officers repeatedly told Peters to not resist.
She was later charged with obstruction of a peace officer and obstruction of justice for the incident.
The verdicts on the two charges of obstruction of a peace officer and obstruction of government operations were determined on Friday.
Timeline of Peters’ legal woes
Peters was under investigation for an alleged election security breach and was separately indicted by a grand jury on multiple counts in March of 2022.
- Aug. 16, 2021: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters accessed elections hard drive, will be replaced
- Sept. 3, 2021: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, not seen in weeks, says she’s working remotely
- Oct. 13, 2021: Judge rules Mesa County clerk Tina Peters cannot oversee November elections
- Nov. 17, 2021: Cops search Mesa County clerk’s home, 3 others, in election security probe
- Jan. 18, 2022: Lawsuit seeks to remove Colorado clerk accused of election fraud
- Feb. 8, 2022: Mesa County clerk arrested during DA search incident
- Feb. 9, 2022: Arrest warrant issued for Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters
- Feb. 9, 2022: The search warrant that led to the Tina Peters incident
- Feb. 10, 2022: Tina Peters turns herself in
- Feb. 11, 2022: Video shows Mesa County elections clerk’s arrest
- Feb. 14, 2022: Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters announces run for Colorado secretary of state
- March 2, 2022: Tina Peters served on her way into court
- March 3, 2022: Mesa County’s Tina Peters allegedly lies to judge
- March 9, 2022: Mesa County clerk arrested on conspiracy, misconduct charges
- May 19, 2022: DA finds no criminal actions after looking into Tina Peters’ election fraud claims
- June 28, 2022: GOP voters reject indicted clerk for election post
- July 13, 2022: 3rd arrest made in alleged Tina Peters’ election security breach case
- July 13, 2022: Tina Peters leaves state, violates bond, DA says
- July 14, 2022: Judge issues arrest warrant for Tina Peters for violating bond
- July 14, 2022: Tina Peters requests recount, state charges $236K
- July 21, 2022: Arrest warrant issued after Tina Peters violates bond — again
- March 3, 2023: Split verdicts on 2 Tina Peters charges
Peters’ sentencing on Friday’s obstruction of a government investigation is scheduled for April 10.