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Birmingham police sergeant arrested on sex abuse charges

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A police sergeant in Alabama has been arrested on child sex abuse charges.

Birmingham police told news outlets that Sgt. Randy Manuel Martinez of Kimberly was arrested Friday.

The 20-year veteran is charged with three counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of felony sex abuse.

Sgt. Johnny Williams said Birmingham police officials were told about criminal investigations being conducted by outside agencies and immediately placed Martinez on administrative duty. He was arrested at police headquarters while working in the burglary division.

The investigation was led by Fultondale and Kimberly police officers and began last year.

Kimberly Police Chief Ricky Pridmore said a woman told investigators the crimes took place several years ago when she was a teen.

It was not known if Martinez has an attorney yet.

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