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Deputy who stayed outside during Parkland school shooting arrested

This Feb. 14, 2018 frame from security video provided by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office shows d
A frame from a security video shows then-Deputy Scot Peterson, right, outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018.
(Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

The Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year’s Parkland massacre has been arrested on 11 charges, prosecutors said Tuesday.

State Atty. Mike Satz said that 56-year-old Scot Peterson faces charges of child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury stemming from his actions during the shooting. Peterson, then a Broward County deputy, was on duty during the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but never went inside.

Satz said the charges carry a combined prison sentence of nearly 100 years. Peterson’s bail was set at $102,000.

A Peterson lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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