Russell Pearce's Son: KPHO Follows Joshua Pearce Story (w/Update)

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If Joshua Pearce were undocumented, he would have been deported long ago

Kudos to KPHO/Channel 5 for reporting on allegations of child abuse involving state Senate president Russell Pearce's son Joshua Pearce, which I first reported on a month ago.

Reporter Jason Barry dogged Pearce at the state Capitol, seeking a quote from Mr. Rule of Law, himself.

A clearly uncomfortable Pearce declined comment, saying, "It's a personal family issue."

You can watch last night's KPHO segment, here.

This morning, Mesa Police Department spokesman Edward Wessing confirmed the stats on Josh's run-ins with the Mesa cops: 21 involvements as an adult, 10 as a juvenile, and 10 adult arrests.

In a recent blog item, I detailed some of those incidents, involving assault, domestic violence, fleeing law enforcement, and another mysterious case involving possible child abuse.

I've also posted the complete police report for this latest case of alleged child abuse.

The Mesa PD has said that it will not file charges, lacking any corroborating evidence, even though investigators in the report do not think Joshua's being truthful.

Instead, Mesa will turn the case over to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review. (See update below.)

On January 18, one investigator noted in the recently released report that,

"As of this writing, the Pearce children were removed from Samantha and Joshua's home and placed in foster care and Joshua is currently in a drug rehabilitation facility in Arizona."

Obviously, there are a host of ironies involved in this matter, some of which I've already commented on.

But I would further point out that Russell Pearce is always attempting to link illegal immigrants with criminal activity and to supposed costs to the taxpayer. (Usually, his stats are bogus, BTW.)

And yet, his son Joshua has cost the state a great deal in police response, court costs,foster care for his kids, and so forth. 

Indeed, the average undocumented immigrant is more respectful of law enforcement than Joshua's been during his 30 years on this planet. That Joshua has so far escaped imprisonment is astounding. If he were undocumented, he would have been deported by now.

UPDATE 1/26/11: Apparently, there was some confusion at Mesa PD over whether or not the MCAO would review this case after the fact.

From my earliest report, I made it clear that the Mesa PD had indicated it would not file charges against Joshua Pearce for lack of probable cause.

Investigators believe Pearce did not tell the the truth. But they lacked corroborating evidence. Still, even one of the investigators noted in a supplemental narrative dated 1/11 and approved 1/18 that, "I am forwarding this case to the County Attorney for a formal review for all the cases for any applicable charging."

See last page, here.

The MCAO and the Mesa PD had consulted on the case earlier on, and as I've said, Mesa PD PIO Ed Wessing had already indicated that Mesa PD would not file charges.

Seems the Mesa PD believed there was some process by which the MCAO would do a further review.

There isn't. Wessing told me today that the MCAO kicks in after the Mesa PD has filed charges. And since the Mesa PD will not file charges, the MCAO will not further review it.

All of which gives me the impression that this is one football no one wanted possession of. Perhaps the Mesa PD wanted some cover from the MCAO so they didn't look like they were showing favoritism to Joshua because of his high-profile daddy. Maybe the MCAO wanted no part of it for similar reasons.

Granted this is just speculation at this point. But all of this back and forth raises the issue: Would someone in the same situation as Russell Pearce's son escape charges? Maybe so. There's nothing conclusive in the report. And the interviews with Joshua's wife and the other children did not offer an eyewitness to the account.

Still, Joshua Pearce has clearly caused the Mesa PD some consternation in this incident. And considering his history of run-ins with Mesa police, the Mesa PD likely has more Joshua-induced heartburn to come.


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Jen
Jen

Please, if he wasn't the son of a senator he'd already be under the jail for raping those boys at that camp with a broom handle. Instead, he's out and free to hurt more kids. Republican family values at work!

Guest
Guest

wow...isn't that an Arian brotherhood tatoo on his neck? The apple doesn't fall to far from the tree!

Julie
Julie

Instead of worrying about "anchor babies" Russell Pearce needs to worry about whether his own baby granddaughter will live to see another birthday. Take care of your own house and leave Arizona the #%*@ alone.

So Annoying!!
So Annoying!!

A 9 day old baby girl with a head injury!!!!! What exactly are the police not understanding. This is either (a) Child Abuse or (b) Child Neglect. ARREST HIM OR THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD!! It's that simple!!!

Anon
Anon

There is a solution to improving Arizona - get rid of Pearce and his cronies.

JT Ready
JT Ready

Josh beats up Samantha too. And supports her drug habit. I know. For her to lie for Josh should not be surprising. Besides, if she wants to be a true Pearce family member, she has to become a pathological liar as well. Maybe that's why daddy Pearce tried to throw me under the bus. I just won't lie for him.

Coz
Coz

If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and smells like a POS, it's got to be a Pearce.

kit carson
kit carson

UPDATE:

>"Granted this is just speculation at this point. But all of this back and forth raises the issue: Would someone in the same situation as Russell Pearce's son escape charges? Maybe so. There's nothing conclusive in the report. And the interviews with Joshua's wife and the other children did not offer an eyewitness to the account"

In other words, you've got no story, but you just can't let the opportunity to use yellow journalism to smear a political adversary go unused.

You might as well have written "Lemons is a hack, a hypocrite and embarrassment to journalism." At least that's the take away I got.

CableGuy
CableGuy

Stephen, you and KPHO are true Americans for reporting what really goes on in Arizona.

JT Ready
JT Ready

Mesa P.D. needs a complete overhaul. When I was a counselor at a Native American youth group home in Mesa, I had to report the multiple rapes and subsequent cover-up of a little boy within the facility. A public records request will provide redacted details of the event. However, although they removed the boy from the facility and the perpetrator as well, Mesa, P.D. never followed up concerning these serious crimes by the adults which would have led to multiple convictions. They have fumbled the ball on a number of major drug dealing, gang, and drug trafficking cases which I am personally aware of as well. Many other political shenanigans and miscarriages of justice go on in that department. Mesa is really going down the drain. Pearce hasn't helped.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

The point that I believe the author is getting at with the focus on the Mesa PD deciding not to file charges (as opposed to following the DES child safety division's actions on the matter) is not if, but WHEN the child will end up dead at the hands of this Nazi bully, son of a state senator.

This is what White priviledge is folks - look at it. UGLY isn't it. Police Officers, sworn to protect the innocent and yet here, being forced to protect the guilty while an innocent child is put into harms way. I hope those officers have some conscience and it bothers them A LOT when that kid comes into the ER again, not breathing, bruised and bloody and near death. Or maybe, they'll say:

I was just following orders . . . . . .

Chapko_1111
Chapko_1111

Definitely a double standard. Why am I not surprised.

Motor2
Motor2

Hey Lemons, Your first sentence in the next to last paragraph says it all...... "Granted this is just speculation at this point."...... Why don't you get ALL the facts and then write a worthwhile story. If the kid is as "guilty" as you would make him out to be, then jail the little A.**H****. Until then, write a story with all the facts instead of just your opinion. Just a thought >>>>

ex_lax_warrior
ex_lax_warrior

The acorn does not fall far from the tree. The whole family is fucking nuts.

Rob
Rob

I can proudly say I kicked his ass about 10 yrs ago...

Mesa
Mesa

Great reporting! There is also other reports on his other son you should look into such as jumping a Mesa High football and knocking his teeth out. I f you look at the picture on his chest it's a racist tattoo. I love it when Russell Pearce says he's no racist. I'm thinking about running against him some day.

Az Einstein
Az Einstein

Is that a Nazi war eagle on his chest or the SS Ayan Nation symbol? Inquiring minds want to know.

Tom
Tom

This fucking turd has nothing to worry about as long as daddy keeps the justice system in his pocket. What a couple of shitbags.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

A clearly uncomfortable Pearce declined comment, saying, "It's a personal family issue."

It really is not a personal family issue. Some of the behaviors that Pearce, Jr. is accused of and previously convicted of can easily be instilled into a child by patterning the parent's behavior. I would wonder if Pearce has a propensity for behaviors that his son has exhibited and does exhibit?

Amy Melenbacker McMullen
Amy Melenbacker McMullen

Russell Pearce told the DREAM students that they should "blame their fathers" for their undocumented status. Should we also blame Mr Pearce for his son's habitual criminal status?

Gray Race
Gray Race

This dipshit wants to punish children who were born here by illegals but, won't punish his own dipshit son for abusing his own children? I got to tell you that Pearce is a fucking asshole.

Coz
Coz

Deport the whole Pearce Family.

Anon
Anon

kit, an ordinary person wouldn't be given a presumption of innocence in Arizona, so why should the son of the King of Arizona?

kit carson
kit carson

>"The point that I believe the author is getting at with the focus on the Mesa PD"

Wrong.

The author is not trying to make any point. If he were, he would have wrote as much. He's a bright fellow and has certainly never hesitated to make bold, declarative statements in the past.

Why such a disjointed presentation here, you might ask. Answer: he's also bright enough to know the libel laws.

All Lemons wants to do with these hackneyed reports is find a way to taint the father for the acts of the son. More accurately, for the acts the son has not been accused of.

No arrests, no convictions -- just one miserable, hate-driven "blog" after another.

Pearce may be scum, but Lemons is a hack, and the Phoenix New Times does a disservice to its readers when it allows unprofessional reporting such as this into its tabloid.

CableGuy
CableGuy

I'd pay to see that now!

Kevinatchison
Kevinatchison

"....jumping a Mesa High football and knocking his teeth out." Hmmm

Coz
Coz

Just one of the many turds in the Pearce Family Shitbag.

Sdfgsdfg
Sdfgsdfg

"habitual criminal status"

Thank you for proving my point: Lemons is engaging in yellow journalism.

The story plainly states not only wasn't the younger Pearce convicted, he wasn't even arrested.

Lemons has fooled you into thinking it's more than that, as was his intent. The only thing real in from Lemons is his hate.

Nothing he writes concerning Pearce can be trusted.

kit carson
kit carson

The Presumption of Innocence is in the Constitution. It applies in AZ, though seems to have some clear enforcement issues.

You have to make a choice - do you believe in the Constitution or not? If you want to deny Pearce his right, then you must be prepared to abandon yours. If you want the right for yourself and your family, then you must grant it to Pearce.

What is your choice?

Anon
Anon

Pearce has NO credibility. His enablers should be ashamed of themselves. What a bunch of bullies and cowards.

Coz
Coz

They'd be right at home.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

You missed the point Anon made Kit. The large majority of people arrested and not charged in Maricopa County are not presumed innocent by the LEOs here, especially if they are held in the Maricopa County Sherrif Office's detention facilities. In fact they are treated as if they are 100% guilty prior to conviction. The mere placement of an individual who has been arrested and not charged (let along found guilty) person into Arpaio's hell holes is punishment as evidenced by statements made by Arpaio himself as well as the physical evidence that such conditions of confinement present. Arpaio has stated, as well as numerous other LEOs, clearly that his facility, which is - by law - meant to house "innocent until proven guilty" people, is meant as a punishment for the mere occasion that one is arrested.

sdfdfsg
sdfdfsg

We don't need Pearce's credibility, mainly because HE'S NOT PART OF THIS STORY.

This is about the son, and guess what - the POLICE DIDN'T EVEN CHARGE THE SON!

You hate Pearce, good, so do I. However, that is no excuse for naked hypocrisy, unchecked hate and pure yellow journalism.

You can not credibly whine about Pearce's lack of standards and then sink to his level when it suits your political purposes. Either live out of the gutter or in it. Lemons lives in it. I live above. How about you?

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