Exclusive: Man who brought guns to Cape charter school speaks out
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - A southwest Florida man accused of bringing guns to a charter school in Cape Coral opens up about what he says happened. Fox 4 lands an exclusive jailhouse phone interview with him.
Kenneth Pearson is speaking out for the first time from the Lee County Jail. He claims the guns in his car were only there because he was about to do the right thing.
Pearson spoke with Fox 4 by phone from behind bars.
"I hope that the truth gets uncovered," said Pearson. "That i was actually set up here and played along the line," he said, referring to his estranged wife, Shay Pearson.
Last Monday, police arrested Pearson for bringing a pistol and revolver to Oasis Charter School, where he was picking up his eldest son from school.
"Why did you bring guns to school?" asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann. "I wasn't bringing them to school, I was getting my son from school," Pearson explained. "Then, we were going to my PO box, which was across from there, the police station. Then going to the police station,"
"I was bringing them to the station for safe keeping, for a while," said Pearson. He says Shay knew he'd be dropping them off at the Cape Coral Police Department and that he'd also discussed the protocol with an officer a few hours before.
But detectives found the guns in a fanny pack in the glove compartment of his car, while he says his wife was in a nearby car pointing at him.
"He volunteered that he had two firearms in the glove compartment of his car," said Rene Suarez, his attorney. "He never took them down."
"Do you expect our viewers to believe that's what happened?" Sarann asked Pearson. "Absolutely," he said. "It's 100 percent true."
The next day, Pearson bonded out of jail. But within hours, he was arrested again for violating a restraining order he received hours before he was released. It was a phone call to his son and a text to his wife that got him in trouble. A text, he says, he tried to send the day before, while he was being arrested.
"I don't think it ever went through," explained Pearson. "So when i actually go out of jail and powered my phone back on, it picked up a signal and sent that."
"What type of phone did you have that it didn't go through?" Sarann asked him. "An old Blackberry, like a 7900 Blackberry Curve. Pearson says he bought it four or five years ago.
It's a technological glitch, he says, that made the situation worse.
"We intend to bring this to trial, as soon as possible, so that the truth can come out," said Suarez.
So, Pearson can return to his family.
"I'm looking forward to the truth coming out," reflected Pearson. "Getting out of here, taking care of my kids and my business."