On September 18, 2002, Jason Wayne Pearson pled guilty and was convicted for committing heinous crimes, including one count of Sexual Battery with Force/Weapon and two counts of Kidnapping, under Florida State Statutes (FSS) 794.011(3) and 787.01(1)(a)2. As a result, he became a registered Sexual Predator and was required to comply with all Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Sexual Offender/Predator requirements.
Since his release from prison on December 1, 2021, Jason has completed seventeen Sexual Offender/Predator Registrations as mandated by law, receiving a list of requirements he must strictly abide by on each occasion. However, it has come to light that he recently failed to comply with the FDLE requirements.
On July 18, 2023, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division Detective Bailey received crucial information about Jason Wayne Pearson’s illegal activities. He was using another individual’s social media account to promote his new business.
According to FDLE Sexual Predator requirements, sexual predators are obligated to report any new electronic mail addresses or Internet identifiers they use. Unfortunately, neither the Florida Department of Law Enforcement nor the DCSO were informed about this information, including his updated employment status.
Upon discovering this breach of regulations, we obtained an arrest warrant for Jason Wayne Pearson. He has been apprehended on multiple charges, which include:
1. Failure to comply with Sexual Predator registration requirements.
2. Fail to report new electronic mail address and fail to report internet identifier pursuant to FSS 943.0435(4)(e)1.
3. Failure to update employment information pursuant to FSS 943.0435(4)(e)2.
Let this serve as a stern reminder that non-compliance with FDLE Sexual Offender/Predator requirements will not be tolerated, and the safety of our community remains our top priority. We are committed to upholding the law and protecting our citizens from potential harm.
If you have any information related to this case, please contact the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at 863-993-4700. Together, we can ensure a safer and more secure community for everyone.