RUSSELLVILLE — Authorities said a former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on sexual abuse charges involving three girls.

Carl Nathan Weeks Jr., 33, of Phil Campbell, was arrested Thursday by members of the State Bureau of Investigation, Senior Trooper Johnathan Appling said.

Appling, who is public information officer with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, said Weeks was charged with three counts of sexual abuse.

One of the charges is sexual abuse of a child under 12, which is a Class B felony. The other two counts are for second-degree sexual abuse, which are Class A misdemeanors.

Weeks is currently a member of Bear Creek Police Department. Bear Creek Police Chief Shane Whitten could not be reached to find out Weeks’ status with the department.

Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said Weeks was a prior deputy with the department. He said Weeks worked as a road deputy and a member of the Franklin County Drug Unit for about three years.

The sheriff said Weeks left the department in early 2013 to go into private business.

“I was shocked when I heard this,” Oliver said.

Authorities said once the allegations were reported, the SBI was contacted by the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office and the Franklin County Department of Human Resources. The investigation began earlier this week.

Officials said Weeks is accused of inappropriately touching the girls. Authorities said, according to the allegations, one of the girls was 5 or 6 years old, while the others were 13. Weeks is a family acquaintance of the three girls.

According to the accusations, the incidents all occurred at Weeks’s house in Franklin County.

Weeks was being held in the Lawrence County Jail in Moulton, but was transferred to Franklin County on Friday. He later was released on a $100,000 property bond.

Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said his office will be filing a petition to be removed from the case “because he was a former Franklin County deputy.”

Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@Times Daily.com. Follow on Twitter @TD_TomSmith.

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