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Woman Charged With Helping Man Drug, Rape Underage Girls

BRANSON, Mo. -- Branson police believe a woman helped a man drug and rape underage girls. That man, believed to be responsible for crimes of rape and kidnapping, is in jail for failing to register as a sex offender.
BRANSON, Mo. -- Branson police believe a woman helped a man drug and rape underage girls. That man, believed to be responsible for crimes of rape and kidnapping, is in jail for failing to register as a sex offender.

Malcolm Pearce, 42, was arraigned Thursday in Taney County court. He is charged with multiple counts including forcible rape, forcible sodomy and kidnapping.

The probable cause statement for some of the charges says Pearce slipped drugs into a drink of a 14-year-old girl and then raped her for 14 hours.

That's where the kidnapping charge comes in.

Pearce is also charged with raping a sixteen year old girl.

Branson police say Pearce has failed to register as a sex offender from his sex crimes dating back to 1991 until the newer, forcible rape charges this fall.

It is believed Pearce was helped by Dawn Driggar, who is now charged with enticement of a child.

Driggars is now ordered by the court to stay away from the victims in this case, intoxicants and Pearce.  

Pearce had been out of jail on a $1.1 million bond.

The judge said as a requirement of that bond, Pearce was also required to register as a sex offender, which he had failed to do.

Now, Pearce is in jail without bond.

Pearce's attorney argues Pearce had been instructed by the jail he did not have to register.

Pearce's attorney, Roger Jones, has asked the judge in the case to disqualify himself based on the judge not setting a bond
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Pearce is back in court in mid-November.
 
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