Maud Edwin Elliott Ingram, 49, is charged with attempted rape. (Photo: N.C. State Bureau of Investigation)

HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a probation officer who is married to a North Carolina state senator has been charged with the attempted rape of one of his probationers.

The State Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Monday that 49-year-old Maud Edwin Elliott Ingram is charged with attempted second-degree rape and faces other charges including obstruction of justice.

Ingram is a probation officer in Halifax County, and the husband of state Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram. He was arrested by SBI agents last Friday.

The release said the Roanoke Rapids Police Department made the request for an investigation after receiving allegations that Ingram had inappropriate relationships with his probationers.

Ingram is free on a $50,000 bond. It could not be determined if he had an attorney.

Sen. Smith-Ingram released a statement saying she had no knowledge of the basis for the charges.