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Police charge county fire chief over 2006 rape claim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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DERBYSHIRE’S top firefighter has been accused of rape.

Police confirmed they had charged Sean Frayne with the offence yesterday afternoon.

It relates to an incident involving the Chief Fire Officer which is alleged to have taken place in Etwall in 2006.

A spokesman for the force said: “Derbyshire Constabulary can confirm that Sean Frayne has been charged with an offence of rape of a woman (16 years of age and over) under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

“Mr Frayne, 47, of Etwall, who was arrested in February 2014, was charged yesterday afternoon and is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Monday, March 31.

“The charges relate to an alleged incident in Etwall in December 2006.”

Mr Frayne, a married father-of-three, became Chief Fire Officer in March 2010, when his predecessor, Brian Tregunna, retired.

Janine Smith, deputy chief crown prosecutor for the CPS in the East Midlands, said: “CPS East Midlands can confirm that we have authorised Derbyshire Police to charge Sean Frayne with rape in relation to an alleged incident in 2006.

“The evidence has been reviewed by a specialist Senior Crown Prosecutor from the CPS East Midlands rape and serious sexual offences team.

“It is important to note that proceedings are now active.”

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