Former detention officer arrested for indecent liberties with a child

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Submitted: Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:23am
Updated: Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:55am

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested a former Detention Officer on one count of indecent liberties with a child.

Tommy Allen McPherson, 56, was placed under a $10,000 bond. His first court appearance was held at the Columbus County Courthouse this afternoon.

McPherson, who had previously held the rank of sergeant in the detention facility, resigned from the Columbus County Detention Center last Thursday; several days before accusations were made to law enforcement.

It’s currently an ongoing investigation.


  • Anonymous says:

    It really looks like things like this should be kept from the public to give the families involved in this situation time to heal. This is the main reason why victims in situations like this are terrified to come out and tell someone. Even though their faces aren’t plastered all over the news enough information is open to the public where people in their communities will figure out who the victim is and from experience I know it is a lot harder to heal and get over incidents like this with people in your community talking about you and your family. It is pathetic that stories like this are shown for entertainment purposes. The man is in jail for Pete’s sake he is not going to be doing the public any harm so therefore they shouldn’t have the right to know about things like this. It only makes it harder for everyone involved.

  • GuestJester says:

    Maybe you need to do your homework. In Columbus County, Detention Officers aren’t sworn Law Enforcement Officers. Just because “He is someone who puts on a uniform, is hired by the Sheriffs dept and has control over prisoners” doesn’t make him a Law Enforcement Officer. Just as Correction Officers aren’t Law Enforcement Officers.

    The keywords in this are “LAW ENFORCEMENT”. He’s not sworn to enforcement any laws in this state nor is any other Detention Officer.

    Apparently you haven’t learned anything in your “17 years on the job”.

    Just Saying!!!!

  • Guest123123 says:

    I know the difference buddy. 17 years on the job, how many for you? He is someone who puts on a uniform, is hired by the Sheriffs dept and has control over prisoners. In New Hanover deputies who are certified law enforcement officers actually start their careers in the jail. Please do your homework before you make one of those stupid ” just saying ” quotes.

  • guesty says:

    Bad cop, bad cop, what you gona do when the good cop come for you

  • GuestJester says:

    Sounds like you need to learn the difference between a COP/Law Enforcement Official and a Detention Officer. Just Saying….

    However, hopefully he’ll be prosecuted to the fullest extend allowed; even though we know that won’t happen in Columbus County.

  • Guest123123 says:

    Oh just another case of a law enforcement official gone bad. I swear you could actual have enough material in this area to do a reality show Cops Gone Bad in Southeastern NC

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