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Marine Recruiter Accused of Assaulting 2 Recruits

A Marine recruiter faces sexual battery and rape charges after being accused of assaulting two female recruits, authorities said Saturday.

Authorities say the alleged assaults occurred at the Marine Recruiting Office in Salisbury, N.C., and at the recruiter's apartment.

Sgt. Derek Craig Percival, 23, faces a half-dozen charges, including felony second-degree rape, two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and false imprisonment, according to the website for the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Percival remained in Rowan County jail Saturday under a $100,000 secured bond.

The arrest came two days after investigators began looking into claims that a recruiter at the Salisbury Marine office had assaulted two young female recruits, according to the sheriff's office. The office investigated the case along with the Salisbury police department.

Authorities say Percival met the victims through his work as a recruiter. Details about when the assaults occurred, and the ages of the victims, were not available.

Percival was arrested after meeting with police and sheriff's detectives on Saturday.

The sheriff's office said investigators alerted the U.S. Marine Corps about the allegations on Friday, and followed up with the agency after his arrest. The Marines have notified its own investigators about the case, the sheriffs office said.

A spokesman for the Marine Corps could not be reached. No one from Percival's family could be reached for comment either.

Percival joined the Marine Corps in 2009, according to his Facebook page. A criminal and civil records check came up clean.

On Saturday, authorities asked anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Rowan County Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700 or Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333. News Researcher Maria David contributed.

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