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Man pleads guilty to attacking woman jogging at Chippewa Valley High School in broad daylight

Douglas Pearson faces four charges

Douglas Pearson II at his arraignment on April 29, 2019.
Douglas Pearson II at his arraignment on April 29, 2019. (WDIV)

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A man accused of tackling a woman, groping her and trying to rip off her clothes in broad daylight while she jogged at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township pleaded guilty Tuesday to various charges.

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

Police said Pearson chased down a woman at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2018, while she was jogging around the track at the high school.

Pearson knocked the woman to the ground and violently tried to rip off her shirt, according to authorities. He grabbed her breasts and between her legs during the struggle, officials said.

When Pearson stood up and began unzipping his pants, the woman kicked him and escaped, police said. She called 911 before Pearson took her phone and ran away toward the parking lot, according to officials.

He got into an older-model Ford Escape and fled the scene, police said.

Clinton Township police submitted DNA evidence Michigan State Police, and Pearson was found to be a match.

Pearson faced up to 15 years in prison for each criminal sexual conduct charge, 10 years in prison on the assault charge and one year on the misdemeanor interfering charge.

But a Cobbs agreement was reached between the judge and Pearson’s defense. The agreement stated that if Pearson pleaded guilty to all four counts, he would be sentenced to 84 months in prison.

The victim was satisfied with the agreement, according to authorities.

“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.”

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