After abrupt retirement, ex-fire chief accused of sex abuse

Victim says Robert Heath put his hands down his pants and tried to kiss him

KINGSTON, Mass. (AP) — A former Kingston fire chief who abruptly retired last month shortly after receiving a new contract now faces a sexual assault charge.

Robert Heath has been charged with indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older.

Police say the 59-year-old Heath put his hands down a 23-year-old man’s pants last month and tried to kiss him.

Authorities say Heath later apologized to the man in a text.

The Associated Press typically doesn’t identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault.

Heath received a new three-year contract with the Kingston Fire Department on Feb. 7. He retired less than two weeks later.

Heath didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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