CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A probation officer accused of sexually assaulting one of his probationers at an office building last Thursday, is out on bond and back behind a desk.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged 48-year-old David Francis with second degree sex offense, sexual activity by a custodian and sexual battery. At his hearing on Wednesday, Francis requested a public defender. He's since been released after posting bond.
Officials say Francis, who's employed by the Department of Corrections as a surveillance office, met with the victim at his office in the 5700 block of Executive Center Drive last Thursday. The victim told authorities that Francis, her probation officer, sexually assaulted her.
Francis voluntarily met with detectives to discuss the accusations, police say. Following the interview, CMPD filed charges against him.
The Department of Corrections immediately launched its own internal investigation, but decided Francis will be allowed to keep his job for now.
The North Carolina Department of Corrections tells NBC Charlotte that Francis is under "administrative reassignment", meaning he's been transferred to another county, where he's working a desk job. Francis is currently working in Gaston County, they said.
Pamela Walker, director of the Department of Corrections says, "We have a high standard of trust and professionalism with our employees and just expect the best out of them, so we do take these allegations extremely seriously and have zero tolerance."
The Department of Public Safety notified the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department of the allegations against Francis.
Francis has worked for the Department of Corrections for about three years.
A surveillance officer assists probation officers and worked specifically with offenders who have committed minor offenses.
Anyone who may have additional information on this case is encouraged to contact the Crime Stoppers tip line at (704) 334-1600 or call (704) 353-0560 and speak to a sexual assault unit detective.