BRIDGETON — A Camden County man accused of assaulting an 83-year-old woman in a Vineland hospital pleaded not guilty Monday.

Thomas Pierson, 58, of Sicklerville, who was charged Dec. 20 in the assault at Inspira Medical Center, entered the plea during a post-indictment arraignment in Cumberland County Superior Court.

At 8:23 p.m. Dec. 20, police responded to a call from the hospital for a sexual assault on the woman, a dementia patient, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Pierson, who was at the hospital to pick up a friend from a different room, walked into the woman’s room and assaulted her.

A nurse who was watching video surveillance of the room alerted a supervisor, and Pierson was held by security until police arrived, according to the document.

Pierson was indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual assault March 6. His next court date is set for April 22.

Pierson is registered as a tier-three, or high-risk, sex offender, according to the State Police website. That charge stemmed from a January 2004 incident in which he had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor, according to the site.

He is being housed in the Cumberland County jail.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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