|DeKalb County police
arrested a man Thursday who allegedly kidnapped and raped an
11-year-old girl and held her prisoner in his attic. |
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
Police would not say where they arrested Pearson, who
claims to be a minister, marriage counselor and lawn mower
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled
for Wednesday in DeKalb Magistrate's Court.
alleged rapes were committed against the same 11-year-old girl,
The child was reported missing on Tuesday about
9:30 p.m., according to police spokesman Chuck Johnson.
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
Police searched Pearson's house and found some of the
child's clothes, surgical tape, rope and substances believed to be
narcotics, Johnson said.