NC detention officer charged with having sex with inmate - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

NC detention officer charged with having sex with inmate

Deputies escort Thomas Pearson to the Caldwell Co. jail. Deputies escort Thomas Pearson to the Caldwell Co. jail.

By Jeff Rivenbark - email

MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) - Officials arrested a detention officer Friday afternoon for allegedly having multiple sexual encounters with a female inmate over a one-year period.

The alleged incidents involved a detention officer at the Burke-Catawba Confinement Center in Morganton which is the jail shared by Burke and Catawba counties.

Thomas Edward Pearson, 58, of Morganton is charged with sexual activity by a custodian which is a Class E felony. Pearson is a Night Sergeant the facility.

According to investigators, Pearson and a female inmate named Alicia Good were involved in consensual sexual relations in the jail for the last year. She is in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge. 

The incidents took place in an area of the jail where no cameras were present.

In exchange for the sexual favors, officials said Pearson allowed Good to have more freedom to roam throughout the jail.

As he was being escorted by sheriff's deputies Friday afternoon, we asked if he was guilty of the charges and Pearson said, "No."

Pearson is being held in the Caldwell County jail under a $50,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Monday.

Copyright 2011 WBTV. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border _ but with parents

    New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border _ but with parents

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:10:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 4:21 PM EDT2018-06-19 20:21:55 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Tr...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Tr...

    Calls are mounting for President Trump to end family separations at the border ahead of a meeting with House Republicans.

    More >>

    Calls are mounting for President Trump to end family separations at the border ahead of a meeting with House Republicans.

    More >>
  • Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:00 AM EDT2018-06-19 10:00:39 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 4:02 PM EDT2018-06-19 20:02:36 GMT
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>
  • In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

    In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:20:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 4:21 PM EDT2018-06-19 20:21:19 GMT
    President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches.  AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches. AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly