A career Navy officer who formerly was in charge of the Charleston Naval Weapons Station has been placed into a pre-trial intervention program for a prostitution arrest earlier this year.

Capt. Glen M. Little had been commander of the station until he was relieved following his arrest by North Charleston police in January.

North Charleston municipal prosecutor Tim Amey said Wednesday that pre-trial intervention is a standard offering to anyone with an otherwise clean criminal record and is facing a first offense.

Little, 55, was arrested in late January after being charged in an undercover prostitution sting involving a North Charleston police decoy. He was picked up around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 26 after approaching an undercover female police officer posing as a prostitute, police said.

Under a pre-trial intervention program, participants take part in alternatives to prosecution that can include courses or counseling. It is designed as a path toward deterring offenders from future criminal behavior.

Little reportedly was driving in the Charleston Farms area on Remount Road and had circled the area three times before pulling into a parking lot at Remount Center. He allegedly motioned to the undercover officer that she should open his passenger door.

Police said the two exchanged dialogue and that he asked her several times if she was a police officer.

He then offered to pay $20 for a sex act and invited the officer into his vehicle, police said. He was arrested by police watching the transaction and charged with solicitation of prostitution.

Little was later relieved of command and reassigned to administrative duties in Jacksonville, Fla.

Little's attorney, Charlie Condon, said his client has a clean prior record and was "being treated the same as any other case in similar circumstances."