May 04. 2013 2:41AM

Woman charged with sex assault of 3-year-old, sending photos to service member


MANCHESTER - A local woman was arrested Thursday on charges she sexually assaulted a 3-year-old girl and sent photographs of the assault to an Air Force service member stationed in Japan.

Police said they began an investigation into Erin Upham, 20, early last month and determined she'd assaulted the girl, recorded images of the sexual activity and transmitted them via Skype Chat to a 21-year-old airman stationed at an air base in Japan. Police did not name the man, but said he is under investigation by the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

The Air Force contacted Manchester police about the exchanges on April 9, police said.

Upham is charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault, manufacturing of child sexual abuse images and distribution of sexual abuse images.