CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- A 13 year Army veteran has been arrested, accused of using his position of authority to violate a young recruit.
Sgt. Charles Ingram was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting a 20-year-old recruit who had come to the office at 440 McCullough drive last Thursday.
"The moment it happened she was upset, obviously. She went to a friend for strength and consoling, and her friend brought her down here to the police station," said CMPD Rape Investigator Abby Banner.
Police say Ingram escorted the recruit into a storage area and then refused to allow her to leave.
“Once she heard somebody was coming inside the building... she was able to leave," said Banner.
The Army says Ingram has been stationed in Charlotte since 2008.
He has been suspended because of the charges.
"Recruiting command is taking the allegations of recruiter misconduct very seriously. We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement agencies," said Leslie Ann Sully of Army Public Affairs.
Reservist William Hunt has a stake in the outcome.
He was recruited out of the University area office, though not by Ingram.
He says this is a stain on the army.
"Definitely a 'no no' in the army, it's really frowned upon when a soldier take it upon himself to do something like this. It's like a punch in the face for the army," said Hunt.
Ingram is facing two counts of sexual battery, assault on a female and false imprisonment.
He was released from jail on $5,000 bond.
Anyone with information regarding this case or any other incidents involving Ingram is asked to contact Detective Banner with the Sexual Assault Unit, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-336-8279.