The accused policeman quit his job in December.

MIDDLEBORO, Mass. (AP) – A former town police officer is facing child sex abuse charges, prosecutors said.

E.A. “Cliff” Clifford Hall is facing one count of indecent assault and battery on a child over 14 and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, said Plymouth County assistant district attorney Bridgett Norton Middleton.

Hall was to be arraigned Feb. 12 in Wareham District Court.

Hall was put on administrative leave by Police Chief Gary J. Russell on Dec. 17 when state police began an investigation into the charges.

Russell told The Enterprise of Brockton that Hall quit the next day.

“If the allegations prove not to be true, an officer’s reputation has been damaged beyond repair,” Russell said. “If the allegations prove to be true, he’s the lowest form of criminal that there is, a sex offender.”

The newspaper could not reach Hall for a comment.

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