Boligee man arrested on sex abuse charges

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2005

GREENE COUNTY-Boligee resident James Steve Pearson, 64, was indicted Thursday on sexual abuse second degree stemming from an investigation that began in early August.

Greene County Sheriff Johnny Isaac said Pearson’s indictment would be in addition to his previous charges.

“He has been indicted on charges of sexual abuse second degree that came down from the indictment,” Isaac said. “He was initially arrested on two counts of sodomy and this will be an additional charge.”

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Pearson was released on a $20,000 bond.

District Attorney Greg Griggers said he hopes to get the case to court by Dec. 12 if possible.

“I don’t know how realistic it will be, but I will do everything I can to get this case ready,” Griggers said. “We will ask the defense attorney and the judge to allow it.”

Pearson’s initial charges came in early August when he was arrested on two counts of second-degree sodomy.

The incident prompted a widespread search for evidence and a thorough investigation.

The ages of the alleged victim in the case caused a lot of concern. Isaac said Pearson had employed the young man, who was a 12-year-old juvenile, when the incident was said to have happened on two separate occasions.

In August, Isaac said after the second incident was reported to have happened the young man went to his parents who were greatly concerned. The parents made contact with Isaac and filed charges.

The young man underwent investigations that led authorities to believe something did happen. Isaac said there was no DNA evidence at the time, but medical personnel had given them reason to believe there was an incident.

The sheriff’s department also confiscated Pearson’s computer at the time of the first incident and worked with the Department of Human Resources to perform the investigation.