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    Mass. State Police sergeant relieved of duty after assault charge

    A Massachusetts State Police sergeant has been temporarily relieved of duty in the wake of an alleged assault, authorities said.

    Brian G. Duffy, 63, of Kingston was arraigned in Plymouth District Court Wednesday on one count of assault and battery on a disabled person over 60 and one count of disturbing the peace, Plymouth district attorney spokeswoman Beth Stone confirmed in an e-mail.

    Plymouth police arrested Duffy on Tuesday. Duffy, who was released on personal recognizance and was ordered to have no contact with the victim, is due back in court March 20 for a pretrial conference. The DA’s office did not identify the victim.

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    Duffy, who is assigned to Troop F at Boston’s Logan Airport, was temporarily relieved of duty after his arrest, as is the agency’s policy, State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

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    There will be a duty status hearing before a board of superior State Police officers later this week, Procopio said. That hearing will determine Duffy’s status with the agency for the duration of his ongoing judicial proceedings.

    He could be kept on active duty, be placed on restricted duty, or suspended with or without pay, Procopio said. The agency’s internal affairs unit will also investigate the matter, Procopio said.

    A message left with Plymouth police was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.

    Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.