Orange Beach police officer resigns, charged with sexually abusing child under 12

Timonthy Gavin resigned Friday morning before being arrested on child sex abuse charges.

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a police officer from Alabama's Gulf Coast has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a child under age 12. Orange Beach police officer Timothy Gavin resigned Friday morning before he was arrested. Baldwin County officials said Gavin joined the police department in 2005 and had been a member of the Baldwin County Drug Task Force since March. Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says Gavin is accused of abusing a child three to four years ago. The sheriff says a family member brought the case to authorities' attention three days before Gavin's arrest. It was not immediately known if Gavin had an attorney. He was scheduled to appear at a bond hearing Monday.