An Annandale man was arrested Friday and charged with repeatedly raping a child younger than 13 in Fairfax City.
Charles Lee Ghent, 52, is an information technology coordinator for the town of Vienna, and he previously worked as the Vienna police’s technology systems manager, according to Vienna Police Chief Jim Morris.
He was charged with three counts of rape of a minor younger than 13 and three counts of aggravated sexual battery of a minor younger than 13, Fairfax City police said.
Ghent was being held Sunday in the Fairfax County jail without bond.
Ghent lives in the 4000 block of Winterset Drive in Annandale, but police said the alleged crimes occurred in Fairfax City between 2010 and 2012.
He was the subject of a six-month investigation, which began with a search warrant for his home computers that was served in April, Fairfax City Police Chief Carl Pardiny said Sunday.
Pardiny said Ghent served as the child’s “part-time caregiver and babysitter.” He declined to release more information about the child’s age, gender or hometown to avoid identifying the victim.
After the investigation began in April, Ghent was placed on administrative leave from Vienna without pay, Morris said. He later returned to work with restrictions, then he was suspended without pay again Friday, Morris said.
In 2010, he was honored by the Vienna Rotary Club with a Service Above Self award, according to InsideNoVa.com, which also noted that he had been the police department’s information technology coordinator since 2005.