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March 4, 2011 

Burke Catawba Detention Facility Sergeant Charged

 
Thomas Edward Pearson, 58, left, of 109 Redbud Drive Morganton, NC, has been arrested and charged with sexual activity by a custodian.

Pearson worked in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility as a sergeant on night shift.
 
On Friday, March 4, 2011, Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Thomas Edward Pearson for sexual activity by a custodian, a class E felony.
 
The charges came after an investigation of allegations that Pearson was having sexual contact with a female inmate incarcerated in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.
 
The investigation revealed that Sgt. Pearson and a female inmate named Alicia Camille Goode, had sexual contact for the past year while she was incarcerated.
 
Pearson resigned his position with the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility effective today.
 
Pearson was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $50,000.00 secured bond.
 
First court appearance is scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2011.
 
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