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.

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