Under the Dome

Senator’s husband, probation officer, arrested on attempted rape charge

The husband of state Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, who is a state probation officer in Halifax County, has been arrested on a charge of attempted rape involving one of his probationers, according to the State Bureau of Investigation.

Maud Edwin Elliot Ingram, 49, who lives in Northampton County, was arrested by the SBI on one felony count of attempted second-degree rape, one felony count of obstruction of justice and one misdemeanor count of failing to make reports and discharge other duties.

The Roanoke Rapids Police Department asked the state agency to investigate a tip it had received about Ingram.

Smith-Ingram, a Democrat who represents Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington counties, is serving her first term in the Senate.

Several TV stations reported she issued this statement:

“As many of you may be aware, there have been serious allegations made against my husband. While I have no knowledge of the basis for these claims, I trust due process. At this time, I am not able to respond to media requests for information in regard to this ongoing investigation. My family and I appreciate your prayers.”

State personnel records show Maud Ingram was a prison correctional officer prior to becoming a probation officer, and worked for Halifax County schools before that.

Ingram was released after posting a $50,000 secured bond.