The strange case against Christian Desgroux unfolded after authorities say he unexpectedly had a charter helicopter pilot land on a soccer field last November at the sprawling corporate campus of SAS Institute in Cary. Wearing a military battle uniform, Desgroux told a security officer who confronted him that he was there to pick up a female employee to take her to Fort Bragg for a classified briefing authorized by President Donald Trump, according to federal agents. After he was charged with a federal count of pretending to be a military officer, his attorney requested that the 58-year-old undergo a psychological evaluation. A Homeland Security agent previously testified that investigators suspected Desgroux was mentally ill. Desgroux was examined at a federal prison facility in California, and a psychiatric report was filed under seal with the court in May, according to court records.
Fifty-seven-year-old Christian Desgroux appeared Monday before a federal magistrate on a charge of pretending to be a military officer. The judge ordered Desgroux to remain in jail pending his arraignment. New details emerged about the bizarre case. Homeland Security Special Agent Tony Bell testified that Desgroux wore an Army uniform and falsely claimed to be on a mission authorized by President Donald Trump when he landed the chartered helicopter at SAS Institute in November. He picked up a female acquaintance and took her on a helicopter ride.