Atlantic Beach police chief arrested on child abuse charges

Atlantic Beach Police Chief Timothy Taylor
Atlantic Beach Police Chief Timothy Taylor The Sun News file photo

Timothy Taylor, the Atlantic Beach police chief, was arrested on Sept. 5 for domestic violence, according to a release from the Conway Police Department.

Taylor is currently booked in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Taylor was arrested on Sept. 5 after an investigation to a Sept. 1 domestic violence incident along Hwy 905 in Conway. The investigation lead to warrants being obtained for domestic violence, first degree and unlawful conduct toward a child.

Officials said that Taylor turned himself in on Sept. 7 and was transported to the Horry County Detention Center.

Lenearl Evans, a council member in Atlantic Beach, said he was surprised by the arrest.

“This is my first time hearing that he has a temper problem,” Evans said.

Lenearl Evans' brother, Mayor Jake Evans, could not be reached by phone immediately.

Town Manager Benjamin Quattlebaum, who has the authority to hire and fire police chiefs, declined to say whether the arrest of Taylor would warrant his suspension or other action.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to review any of the information yet,” Quattlebaum said.

Taylor was hired as the town’s chief in 2014 from the Andrews Police Department.

He was also a volunteer tight ends coach for the North Myrtle Beach High School football team last year.

In South Carolina, law enforcement officers can lose their certification from the state Criminal Justice Academy if they are convicted, admit guilt or enter a plea of guilty or no contest to a felony. Both of Taylor’s charges are felony offenses.

He has no previous arrests or charges in the state of South Carolina, according to a State Law Enforcement Division background check.

This story has been updated to clarify the charges against Taylor.

Megan Tomasic: 843-626-0343, @MeganTomasic