- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama county is firing its chief administrator following his arrest on a sex abuse charge.

Etowah County commissioners voted to end the contract of Patrick Simms on Tuesday. He was charged with sexually abusing a child in February.

The 57-year-old Camp Hill man has continued to receive his salary of $110,000 annually since his arrest, and The Gadsden Times (https://bit.ly/1Igm41p ) reports he will receive another $27,500 under his contract.

Simms was charged in Chambers County after authorities there said abused a child younger than 12. The incident was reported by the child’s mother.

A defense attorney says Simms is innocent.

A grand jury will consider whether to indict Simms, who previously worked as the administrator for Chambers County.

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