A captain and a correctional officer employed at the state's Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County were charged with child abuse and sexual child abuse Wednesday in connection with alleged assaults against the correctional officer's young daughter.
Charged by state police in Berlin were Capt. Melvin Eugene Bittinger, 33, of Chance, in Somerset County, and Officer Georgia Anne Tilghman, 31, also of Chance. The couple are accused of abusing Officer Tilghman's 5-year-old daughter. The alleged abuse was not described by investigators.
Captain Bittinger and Officer Tilghman, who were released on their own recognizance, were charged with child abuse, assault and battery, and a fourth-degree sexual offense, according to state police.