HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A police officer with the Hot Springs Police Department has resigned from his position before being arrested on felony charges for allegedly molesting a 9-year-old girl.

According to The Sentinel Record, 41-year-old Paul Allen was arrested by the Malvern Police Department. Allen was then transferred to the Garland County Sheriff's Office early Wednesday morning.

He has been charged with four counts of second degree sexual assault after police say he molested a 9-year-old girl several times, beginning as early as January 2017. Allen posted a $10,000 bond and is set to appear in court on May 15.

In an affidavit, investigators were notified of a report from the Child Abuse Hotline where they were tipped off that the girl was molested by Allen. Investigators then interviewed the girl, who stated he had molested her several times.

The girl stated that Allen rubbed her buttocks, both on top of and underneath her clothing. She couldn't remember how often the incidents happened, but said it was more than once. She claimed the last incident happened on April 17.

The 9-year-old admitted that sometimes she would pretend to be sleeping when he touched her because "she was scared," according to the affidavit.

Investigators also reviewed text messages between Allen and another person. In one message, Allen allegedly admits to grabbing the juvenile's butt. He also stated he was "f***ing sick," apologized for the act, and "didn't want to go to prison."

In a statement, the Hot Springs Police Department said the following:

"As of May 2, 2017, Mr. Paul Allen resigned from the Hot Springs Police Department. To ensure complete objectivity and transparency, the Garland County Sheriff's Department, along with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division are conducting a criminal investigation on Paul Allen. Paul Allen resigned from the Hot Springs Police Department prior to administrative sanctions being imposed. He is no longer an employee or officer of the Hot Springs Police Department."

[Source: The Sentinel Record]