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A former Hot Springs police officer is accused of molesting a 9-year-old girl on multiple occasions beginning earlier this year.

The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs reported that Paul Henry Allen, 41, was arrested Wednesday by the Malvern Police Department and transported to Garland County, where he was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies.

Allen resigned Tuesday from the Hot Springs Police Department, one day before his arrest on four counts of second-degree sexual assault, according to the newspaper.

Hot Springs Police Chief Jason Stachey said in a statement that the Garland County sheriff’s office and the Arkansas State Police's Crimes Against Children division continue to investigate the accusations "to ensure complete objectivity and transparency."

The reported sexual abuse started Jan. 6 at a location in Garland County, according to the affidavit filed in Garland County District Court.

The girl told authorities that Allen on more than one occasion touched her inappropriately.

The newspaper, citing text messages reviewed by investigators, said Allen admitted to touching the girl's buttocks "four or five times." The former police officer also reportedly said he was "f***ing sick" and "sorry for what he did," adding that he didn't want to go to prison.

Allen joined the Hot Springs Police Department in May 2005 and had achieved the rank of officer first class, according to the Sentinel-Record.

Garland County jail records show Allen was released on $10,000 bail. He is set to appear May 15 in district court.


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  • mrcharles
    May 4, 2017 at 1:20 p.m.

    Since he is a police officer, are we allowed to say he is a creep, a thug, a POS? Or does this make us against law and order , or against police?

    Well , here goes. If he is guilty , Pearl may your wish come true.

  • Kharma
    May 4, 2017 at 2:21 p.m.

    It's funny how some (leftists) on here only have a comment when an officer is charged with some sort of misconduct. However, when an officer is injured or killed in the line of duty ... serving and protecting them ... there is generally ghostly silence.

    Without regard to any opinions contra, the approximately​ 800,000 sworn officers in this country do a great job day-to-day, and they put their lives on the line even for those that demonstrably hate them.

    If an officer is alleged to have committed a chargeable offense then charge them, otherwise FOAD and let them do their jobs.

  • odinson
    May 4, 2017 at 4:04 p.m.

    Kharma you're full of it. I've seen plenty of good wishes from 'leftist' on here for injured law enforcement. You just like to stir pots. Your hypocrisy is well known now! Everyone can agree... anyone who harms a child must be dealt with. If and when found guilty! Not because they've been accused which you like to do!

  • LRDawg
    May 4, 2017 at 4:11 p.m.

    Kharma stop it! Police are people too....they have to abide by the same laws as us. The man admitted to touching the girls buttocks 4 or 5 times....HE MUST BE PUNISHED!

  • mrcharles
    May 4, 2017 at 4:39 p.m.

    carmel your post is touching. So astute to the leftist. Of course I know most of the leftist doent love their kids, nor served their country in Vietnam, Republic of, nor appreciate the police , nor ever work since they were 12, nor fly the flag at holidays, nor go to Veterans cemeteries to put out the little flags, not be a contributing member of society. Shame on them . Funny how you never have anything good to say about the left.... Say a john Glenn who only flew combat missions in WWII and Korea and was a lefty.

    Carmel , your hate will give you stress and a heart attack.

  • Kharma
    May 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

    LRDawg you dipsh*t, are you are so 'effin stupid that you cannot interpret "If an officer is alleged to have committed a chargeable offense then charge them?" Well?

    And as to you chuckpuke, well, my health is rather good ... thank ​you for your kind consideration. This forum is truly a marvelous outlet.

  • NutButter
    May 4, 2017 at 10:39 p.m.

    The uniform doesn't make the man whether police officer, priest, or minister & whether black or white.
    Suspect looks too damn arrogant in his mug shot for me.