Branton Rolf Pearson – Repeat Sex Offender – Third time he’s caught

A Framingham man twice convicted of sexual assaults on children was ordered held without bail yesterday after he was charged with grabbing a woman’s breasts last week.

Branton Rolf Pearson, 53, was arrested yesterday at 8:14 a.m. after the victim reported the assault, which happened last Thursday, police said.

Pearson is a Level 3 sex offender, according to the Massachusetts Sex Offender’s Registry Board. He was twice convicted of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14, once in 1984 and then again in 1990.

Level 3 sex offenders are considered the most dangerous and most likely to re-offend.

Prosecutor Coli McMahon said at Pearson’s Framingham District Court arraignment that Pearson and the victim were familiar with each other.

The victim, who was not identified, recently had found out Pearson was a sex offender and became worried about being around him, McMahon said.

“She felt somewhat uncomfortable around him and he has been physically aggressive,” he said. “(Pearson) would show up at places she would be.”

Last Thursday, the woman pulled up at a Waverley Street building where she had a job interview when, seconds later, Pearson pulled up in his truck. She thought it was a coincidence and she started talking to him.

“He then grabbed both of her breasts,” said McMahon. “She backed away and gave him a dirty look.”

Pearson drove off, but the woman continued to see him throughout the weekend. At one point, she walked downtown he drove by and screamed an insult at her.

“She said everytime she sees him that, ‘her heart hits the floor,”‘ McMahon said.

Pearson, of 666 Waverley St., was charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.

McMahon asked Judge Paul Healy Jr. to hold Pearson without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

The prosecutor said, “This is clearly an individual who is a danger to society.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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