FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fall River police officer accused of assaulting a man in custody with a baton has been arrested, according to U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins.

Nicholas Hoar, 35, was indicted on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and two counts of false reports.

According to the indictment, Hoar was on duty on Dec. 21, 2020, when he “struck an individual who had been arrested in the forehead with a baton, resulting in bodily injury to the arrestee.”

The indictment also says that on both Dec. 21 and 22, Hoar “submitted two reports which omitted any mention of the fact that he had struck the arrestee in the forehead with a baton.”

Prosecutors say if Hoar is convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for the false reports charge and up to 10 years for the civil rights charge.

Hoar is currently on unpaid administrative leave and is due to appear in federal court in Boston on Wednesday.

The Fall River Police Department released the following statement:

“The Fall River Police Department has been officially notified that Officer Nicholas M. Hoar was arrested today and charged with deprivation of rights under color of law and two counts of false reports.”

“When the department was notified of the complaint against Officer Hoar, he was immediately placed on paid administrative leave. After consultation with the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it was determined that the best course of action was to have the FBI conduct the investigation. Effective immediately, Officer Hoar has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.”

“An internal investigation is currently underway. We will work with our law enforcement partners to gather as much information as possible to further our investigation. All information regarding our investigation will be forwarded to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission.”

“No further comment at this time.”

Hoar entered a not-guilty plea in federal court and was released on certain conditions.

These conditions include submitting to supervision, surrendering his passport, handing over any firearms in his possession to authorities, and participating in a mental health treatment program.

The clerk’s office said an initial status conference is set for January 11th at 2 p.m.