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Sergeant charged

March 4, 2011

A prison sergeant is charged with sexual activity with a female inmate.

Thomas Edward Pearson, 58, of Morganton, was arrested and charged with sexual activity by a custodian after allegations that he made sexual contact with a female inmate in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.

Pearson worked in the facility as a sergeant on the night shift.

On Friday, detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested Pearson. An investigation revealed that Pearson and a female inmate, Alicia Camille Goode, had sexual contact for the past year while she was incarcerated. Goode is awaiting trail for murder.

Pearson resigned from his position with the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility on Friday. Pearson was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

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