The former internal affairs sgt. for the New Bern police department is facing charges of assault on a female.
Ernest Flowers, III currently holds the position of commanding officer of the New Bern Young Marines unit. Court records show the former New Bern police employee is facing a charge of assault on a female.
Dawn Nelson-Flowers is charged with simple assault.
Both have a court date scheduled for April 26.
Flowers was honored by the New Bern Police Department with the Presidential Volunteer Service award in January 2010 for his volunteer work with the Young Marines Unit.