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Suspect held in alleged rape of 11-year-old

BYLINE: By Gayle White Staff Writer
DATE: 08-02-1985
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
SECTION: Newspapers_&_Newswires
PAGE: D/02

DeKalb County police arrested a man Thursday who allegedly kidnapped and raped an 11-year-old girl and held her prisoner in his attic.

James Pearson, 45, of 2938 Dale Place in Decatur, was charged with aggravated child molestation, kidnapping, possession of cocaine, aggravated assault and three counts of rape, according to Sgt. Mike Yancey of the sex crimes unit of the DeKalb County Police Department. He is being held in jail without bond, police said.

Police would not say where they arrested Pearson, who claims to be a minister, marriage counselor and lawn mower repairman.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday in DeKalb Magistrate's Court.

All three alleged rapes were committed against the same 11-year-old girl, police say.

The child was reported missing on Tuesday about 9:30 p.m., according to police spokesman Chuck Johnson.

Her parents told police they had canvassed their neighborhood looking for her. Pearson apparently forced the child to take drugs, Johnson said, then bound her with surgical tape and rope, and left her in the attic while he went out. She forced her way out of her bonds, down a folding staircase and to the front door, where she called for help.

Police searched Pearson's house and found some of the child's clothes, surgical tape, rope and substances believed to be narcotics, Johnson said.

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