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Man pleads guilty to sexual assault charges related to attack at high school track

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

 Douglas Pearson II

Douglas Pearson II

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 29, a man pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to an attack on a jogger in September 2018.

Douglas Pearson II, 29, was charged in April on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and interfering with a crime report.

The criminal sexual conduct charges are 15-year felonies, the assault charge is punishable by up to 10 years, and crime interference is a one-year misdemeanor.

According to a press release issued Oct. 30 by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Faunce agreed to a Cobbs agreement — a practice in Michigan criminal law in which a judge can make an agreement with a defendant related to sentencing if a defendant pleads guilty or no contest.

Pearson pleaded guilty to all four felony counts. As part of the agreement, he will be sentenced to seven years in prison.

“While we are grateful for the defendant taking accountability and pleading guilty to all counts, it does not negate the extremely troubling acts he committed, in broad daylight, in the middle of a popular high school track,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said. “Once again, thank you to the Clinton Township Police Department for their diligent investigatory efforts in this case. The citizens of Macomb County can rest easier with this monster locked up in prison and off the street for at least the next seven years.”

The attack occurred Sept. 2, 2018, on the track at Chippewa Valley High School. Clinton Township police issued a press release two days after the incident, stating that a 34-year-old woman had been assaulted at about 8:30 a.m. No witnesses were originally reported.

“She had been jogging down Romeo Plank, and it looked like (Pearson) followed her,” Clinton Township Police Department Capt. Richard Maierle said at the time. “It looked like he potentially followed her onto the track.”

According to Smith, the “victim became concerned as the suspect approached her. Then the suspect charged at the victim, knocking her down. Pearson violently attempted to remove the victim’s shirt, while she attempted to fight him off.

The suspect then reportedly grabbed at the victim multiple times before she was able to escape after kicking at him and then called 911.

Pearson’s silver Ford Escape was captured on a local surveillance camera. Shelby Township Police Department officials relayed information due to Pearson allegedly committing crimes in that area.

In April, Pearson was arrested and charged by 41-B District Court Magistrate Ryan Zemke. Maierle said the suspect had reportedly dropped a cigarillo, or mini cigar, which was obtained as evidence and sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory for DNA collection. The crime lab was able to match Pearson’s DNA to that of the perpetrator.

At press time, Pearson’s attorney, Michael J. Smith, could not be reached for comment.

Criminal sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5 in Faunce’s courtroom.