A man being sought by Prince George's County police for allegedly peeping into the apartments of women students at the University of Maryland in College Park was taken into custody in North Carolina yesterday when a judge revoked his bond on rape charges there.
Marion Edward Pearson, 42, was locked up yesterday in the Burke County, N.C., jail on the orders of a Burke County Superior Court judge, who cited the Prince George's County charges of peeping and exposing himself that Pearson faces, said Burke County Sheriff John McDevitt. Pearson is charged in North Carolina with three rapes that occurred more than a decade ago.
Pearson was being sought by Prince George's police in connection with an incident early Sept. 13 in which a man chased another man who appeared to be peeping into a College Park apartment, authorities said.
The man accused of looking into the apartment left behind a knapsack that contained Pearson's checkbook and videotapes of women in their apartments, which had been taped without the women's knowledge, authorities said.
Prince George's police investigated and charged Pearson with one count of being a peeping Tom and one count of exposing himself, both misdemeanors.
County police had not been able to locate Pearson, but they notified Burke County authorities of the new charges.
Earlier this year, McDevitt said, Burke County sheriff's investigators went to Pearson's University Park home and arrested him in connection with two rapes after he was linked to them through DNA, McDevitt said. Pearson, who subsequently was charged with a third rape, had been released on bond on those charges, McDevitt said.
After Prince George's police notified Burke County authorities of the new charges against Pearson, a bond revocation hearing was scheduled for yesterday in Burke County Superior Court. Pearson was notified of the hearing through his North Carolina attorney and appeared for the hearing, McDevitt said.
Pearson was ordered held pending a more extensive hearing, which his attorney could attend, McDevitt said. Pearson faces a possible life sentence if convicted of any of the rapes, McDevitt said. Pearson cannot be extradited in a misdemeanor case, so he would face the Prince George's County charges only if he waived extradition after his rape cases are resolved.