Fort Benning soldier charged with sex abuse

Russell County Sheriff's officers have arrested a Fort Benning soldier on charges of sex abuse.

Zachary Scott Harkleroad was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with three counts of committing obscene acts with a minor and one count of first-degree sex abuse.

The arrest was the result of a week-long investigation into incidents involving two juvenile girls, Lt. Heath Taylor said.

Harkleroad, 28, has spent about ten years in the army, and is currently stationed at Fort Benning, Taylor said.

He has been booked into the Russell County jail and will appear before the first available grand jury in a few months.