40-year-old Timothy Barnett, of San Tan Valley, was arrested April 20, in connection with the suspected physical abuse an 11-year-old girl.

Barnett, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested after allegedly striking the girl with his hand multiple times on the face and upper body, said Mark Clark, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The girl's teacher reported the abuse to the sheriff's office, when she noticed marks on the girl's arm and face, Clark said.

Barnett, who is a family member of the victim, was arrested later in the day.