A soldier assigned to a prestigious U.S. Army regiment has been charged with having sex with an underage girl and posting the video online, a military official told NBC News.
Specialist Matthew McKendrick was in jail in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Tuesday after being arrested July 26 for “carnal knowledge" with a 13-14 year old without force” and “indecent liberties with a minor,” according to the U.S. Army official.
Fairfax County Police Department
U.S. Army Specialist Matthew McKendrick, seen here in a mugshot photo, allegedly had sex with an underage girl.
McKendrick allegedly met the Chesterfield, Va., girl online and then spent several days with her in his Virginia apartment, where he allegedly had sex with her several times.
Chesterfield police investigating the girl's disappearance tracked her down to McKendrick's residence and rescued her, according to NBC Washington.
McKendrick is a member of the 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment — commonly known as “The Old Guard.”
It is the oldest active duty unit in the U.S. Army whose service members are charged with high-profile and ceremonial duties, such as guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C., and escorting the President.
His request for bail was denied, according to the official.