Sub sailor accused of strangling children

A sailor from the attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720) was arrested in Connecticut on New Year’s Eve and accused of strangling and assaulting two children, police said.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class (SS) Charles Youngberg, 24, was charged with third-degree assault, strangulation, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and two counts of risk of injury to a minor, according to police in Groton, Connecticut.

The alleged assault occurred in Navy housing in the town of Groton after police received a call about a domestic problem, police said.

State social workers and the Navy Family Advocacy Program will investigate the case, said Lt. Patrick Evans, a Navy spokesman for Submarine Group TWO.

It is not known if the children are related to Youngberg.

Youngberg will remain on active duty while local officials lead the criminal investigation, Evans said.

Youngberg was promoted Dec. 16, Navy records show. Originally from Massachusetts, he enlisted in 2006 and has spent most of his Navy career in the Groton area.

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