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Updated: 08/20/2014 08:00:00AM

Pair charged with abusing children

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Jessica Rowland

Sean Pearson

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On Thursday, Aug. 14, Polk County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 33-year-old Sean Pearson and his girlfriend, Jessica Rowland, 20, of Lazy Lake Drive East in Lakeland, and charged both with six counts aggravated child abuse and one count false imprisonment after investigation revealed they were abusing an 11-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl who were in their care.

According to the affidavit the investigation began when a PCSO deputy sheriff answered a call for service at the aforementioned address. The 12-year-old girl told the deputy that Pearson and Rowland had locked her in a closet, shaved her head, and used other forms of “discipline” which left bruises on her. The investigation was turned over to the PCSO Special Victims Unit.

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