The commanding officer of Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., was arrested Tuesday and accused of trying to pay a prostitute $20 for oral sex, police said.
Capt. Glen Little, 55, was immediately relieved of command and reassigned to administrative duties with Navy Region Southeast, said Scott Bassett, a spokesman for the Navy base.
Little, who is married, was charged with solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor, court records show.
Little was arrested about 9:30 a.m. after he allegedly approached an undercover police officer in the parking lot of a strip mall in a residential section of North Charleston about one mile outside the gate of the Navy base, according to a police report.
After circling the area three times in his Dodge Durango, Little allegedly motioned for the undercover police officer and asked her if she wanted a ride, the report said.
The officer said that she did not need a ride and asked Little if he wanted “business,” the report said.
Little allegedly told her that he wanted “business,” specifically that he wanted to pay her $20 for “a suck,” which the police considered to be solicitation for oral sex, the police report said.
Little asked her several times if she was a police officer, the report said.
Little asked the officer to get into his car, but she suggested that he pick her up behind the strip mall, the report said.
He agreed and began to drive toward the back of the building. At that point, other officers involved in the sting operation stopped Little’s car and arrested him, the report said.
Little, reached at his home on Thursday morning, declined to comment on his arrest.
About 13,000 people work at the weapons station, including contractors and civilians, Bassett said.
Little, originally from Oregon, enlisted in 1972 and was promoted to senior chief petty officer before receiving a commission as a limited duty officer in 1985, Navy records show.
Little was the third commanding officer to be fired in January.