Man Charged with Felony Sexual Assault

On Monday, December 17th, 2018, at approximately 6:15 p.m., it was reported to the Fairview Heights Police that a sexual assault had occurred at the French Village Motel, 9800 block of St. Rt. 161. The female victim reported meeting the male, who she was familiar with at the Fairview Heights Metro Link station. The male asked for the female to walk with him to the motel where he rented a room. Their plan was for the male to take the female to get her hair done at a local salon, but the male instead took the female to the room where he sexually assaulted her. The male, who was reported to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol fell asleep, which allowed the female time to leave and call a family member. The victim was later taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

Officers were able to locate the suspect still in the motel room, where he was taken into custody without a struggle.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the St. Clair County State Attorney’s office for charges.

On December 19th, the suspect:

Darius L Pierce
M/B 24 years of age
400 Block of North 6th Street
E. St. Louis

Was charged with the following:

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault-Class X Felony
Criminal Sexual Assault-Class 1 Felony
Aggravated Battery/Strangulation-Class 3 Felony

Pierce’s bond has been set at $250,000 (10% Cash Applies), he is currently being held at the St. Clair County Jail.

* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.