Detective Inspector Glen Boulton of West Midlands Police is accused of six sex offences involving two girls aged under 16.
The 44-year-old from Solihull appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on May 11 charged with four counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.
He is due to reappear at the same court next month.
The alleged offences date back to between 1977 and 1982.
Boulton was manager of a child abuse investigation unit in Solihull between November 2008 and February 2009.
A police spokesman said: “Given that criminal proceedings are now live we will not comment further at this stage.”