Sunday, June 1, 2008

Gerald Pearson, Sr

A 42-year-old convicted sex offender accused of raping a Lynn woman in a hotel in Saugus earlier this year has been indicted by an Essex County grand jury.

Gerald Pearson, Sr., of 1753 Broadway, Saugus, faces two counts of rape, second or subsequent offense, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, failure to register as a sex offender and being a felon who engaged in rape while on community parole supervision for life.

The charges relate to an incident on or about Feb. 17 when Pearson was apparently living at the Colonial Traveler Motor Court when he allegedly raped the 19-year-old Lynn woman.

Pearson, who is a Level 3 sex offender, failed to notify police of his address when he moved to Saugus. He previously was convicted of raping a child under 16 in August 1989 out of Plymouth Superior Court.

Assistant District Attorney Greg A. Friedholm is assigned to prosecute the case for the commonwealth.

Indictments are a legal formality that allows a case to be heard before a jury or judge in Superior Court, allowing for a more severe punishment.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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