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Man charged for alleged sexual assault attempt on school track in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 30, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault attempt that occurred September 2018 on the track at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township.

On April 29, Douglas Pearson II, of Washington Township, was arraigned in front of 41-B District Court Magistrate Ryan Zemke on one charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

His bond was set at $50,000, or 10% cash or surety.

According to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, Pearson is alleged to have attacked a female jogger at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sept. 2, 2018, on the CVHS track. Prosecutors say the victim was “cornered” by Pearson, who reportedly charged and violently attacked the victim — who fought back, was able to escape and called 911.

The suspect reportedly took the victim’s phone, ran toward the school parking lot and escaped the scene in an older model Ford Escape.

At the time of the incident, Clinton Township Police said the vehicle was caught on video surveillance and resembled an Escape between the years of 2001 and 2006.

Later, local police were in contact with the Shelby Township Police Department after a suspect had allegedly committed similar acts around the same period.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said Pearson reportedly dropped a cigarillo, a mini type of cigar, which authorities discovered and sent to the Michigan Crime Lab for DNA collection.

“Our police worked diligently on this heinous crime, and were able to obtain the evidence necessary to present to the Prosecutor’s Office to secure a felony warrant,” said Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz in a press release.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith added, “The attack on this victim, and the manner in which it was done, is truly horrific. To carry out this unspeakable attack, in broad daylight, at a popular high school track, is extremely disconcerting.

Smith said his office “will seek a higher bond at the next court hearing.”

On April 30, court officials said Pearson had requested a court-appointed attorney. His next court date, a probable cause conference, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 30 in front of Judge Linda Davis.