A longtime figure in Idaho politics has been arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child via possession of child pornography, writes Idaho Press reporter Tommy Simmons. Martin Peterson, 76, was arrested on suspicion of possessing sexually exploitative material, according to a news release from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office.

Peterson was booked into the Ada County Jail just after 1 p.m., according to the jail’s roster. He is formally charged with sexual exploitation of a child, a felony, and is scheduled to appear in court Friday. You can read Simmons' full report here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up Friday's Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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