Sen. Pearce's son arrested for 11th time on probation violation

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Joshua Pearce By Alicia Barron Joshua Pearce By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – The son of a state senator is in trouble with law enforcement once again.

State Senate President Russell Pearce, the architect of Senate Bill 1070 and other anti-illegal immigration legislation, is refusing to discuss the problems his son is facing.

Pearce’s 33-year-old son, Joshua Pearce, is back behind bars. He has been arrested 11 times and is currently being held in jail as he is unable to post his $2,500 cash bond.

According to police, Joshua was still on probation for two aggravated driving while under the influence cases. He was supposed to stand before a judge in January to discuss the status of his probation.

Joshua had several probation violations at the time for moving homes without notifying authorities. He never showed up to court so a judge issued a bench warrant.

Joshua was tracked down and arrested last Wednesday by adult probation officers and Mesa police officers.

In December Joshua was questioned after his week-old baby was taken to the hospital. The child reportedly had a compressed skull fracture but charges were never filed because police say they did not have probable cause.

Sen. Russell Pearce was not available for comment Wednesday night.