A New England mother spoke in court of the impact on her family that Russell Lee Pearson, 54, inflicted with his acts of gross sexual imposition on her son, a then-12-year-old who struggles with a brain injury.
MOTT — In a case troubled by flip-flopping pleas, a New England man charged with three felony counts for engaging in sexual acts with a child younger than age 15 entered a final guilty plea on all charges Friday during the third and last day of his trial.
In a turn of events Tuesday, Russell Pearson of New England withdrew his plea at a Hettinger County sentencing hearing for charges of sexual contact with a minor at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson.
A New England man set to go to trial Wednesday for three counts of gross sexual imposition accepted a plea bargain Monday at the Stark County Courthouse, attorneys said. The agreement reduces the charges from Class AA felonies to Class A felonies.
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