Teen suing Sterling Heights Jimmy John’s store says she was raped by former co-worker

Documents say owner was aware of the co-worker’s prior sexual assault conviction

The teen is now suing the company.

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – A 17-year-old and her family are suing the franchise of a Sterling Heights Jimmy John’s store after the teen said she was raped by a former employee.

The teen, who has a disability, said that in August, Jerry Brown-Pegues forced her into a storage room and assaulted her.

Documents show that the owner -- Turner Services Group in Clinton Township -- was aware of Brown-Pegues’ prior sexual assault crime and kept him on staff.

“If I knew somebody who was going to be around women with a previous criminal sexual misconduct conviction, I wouldn’t hire them, and if they were already hired, I probably would fire them on the spot,” said attorney Ven Johnson, who is representing the teen.

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Brown-Pegues was previously convicted of sexually assaulting a woman at a Michigan Work office in Troy in 2017. He served time in prison, was out on parole and got a job as a delivery driver at the Jimmy John’s store.

Documents obtained by Local 4 Defenders show that the store owner discussed Brown-Pegues’ prior conviction with the human resources department when he applied for a manager’s position. However, despite safety concerns, he remained working there.

Employees then complained about his alleged sexually explicit behavior with them.

Internal emails from Turner Services showed its response to the lawsuit -- showing 66 days had passed from when it discussed Brown-Pegues’ conviction and employment risk to when the teen was attacked.

“They left him there and a month and a half later, he raped my client,” Johnson said. “It’s so despicable.”

Brown-Pegues’ parole was revoked after police investigated and he was sent back to prison. On Friday, attorneys for Turner Services said they are reviewing the case and declined to comment.

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About the Authors:

Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been with Local 4 News for more than a decade.

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.