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Fire chief suspended from role as he is charged after rape allegation

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

THE top firefirefighter in Derbyshire has been suspended from his role after being accused of rape.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority revealed that Sean Frayne, the area’s chief fire officer and chief executive, has been suspended from his position into further notice after he was charged with the offence on Thursday by Derbyshire Police.

It relates to an incident that is alleged to have taken place in Etwall in 2006.

A spokesman for the county’s fire service said: “Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority can confirm that Derbyshire’s chief fire officer/chief executive Sean Frayne has been charged to appear at South Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

“The charge relates to an alleged incident in December 2006.

“Mr Frayne has been suspended from his role until further notice.

“Derbyshire’s deputy chief fire officer Andy Waldie and deputy chief executive Joy Smith will cover the responsibilities of the chief fire officer and chief executive in the short-term.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police 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 on Thursday afternoon and is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on March 31.”

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