BRIDGETON – Officials say a convicted sex offender sexually assaulted an 83-year-old dementia patient in a New Jersey hospital.
The Cumberland County prosecutor's office says that 56-year-old Thomas Pierson of Sicklerville was visiting a friend at the Inspira Vineland Medical Center in December when he attacked the woman.
Prosecutors say that a nurse who was in charge of monitoring the video surveillance of the room alerted a supervisor and that Pierson was held up by security until the police arrived.
Pierson is accused of aggravated sexual assault and criminal sexual contact. He was recently indicted.
State police records show that Pierson is registered as a Tier 3 or high-risk sex offender.
He was sentenced in 2004 for sexually assaulting a child.
Pierson is currently held in the Cumberland County Prison. A message was left with a lawyer listed for Pierson.
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