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Man arrested in November burglary, rape

Man arrested in November burglary, rape

Man arrested in November burglary, rape

A Florida man broke into a teen's bedroom in November and raped her before fleeing when the girl's mother arrived, authorities said this week.

James D. Pearson, 28, of Sarasota, was charged Thursday with rape and burglary in connection with the Nov. 7 attack, authorities said.

Pearson is accused of forcing his way through the bedroom window just before midnight while the victim tried to hold it shut.

He then pushed the teen onto the bed and raped her before her mother entered, prompting Pearson to flee back through the window, according to papers.

Pearson is believed to have known the victim, prosecutor Kyle Petit said.

Pearson has been in custody since his arrest last month in connection with a Schenectady arson case, records show.

He is accused in that case of trying to burn down a Chrisler Avenue residence on April 3, 2016 and then destroying a 2010 Dodge Charger on Willett Street shortly afterward by setting it on fire.

Pearson is accused of pouring lighter fluid on the door of the home and threatening the victim during the attempted arson, according to court documents.
Both arsons involved a dispute Pearson had with his brother, authorities said.


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