Sean Frayne: Derbyshire chief fire officer charged with rape

Sean Frayne Sean Frayne is due to appear before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on 31 March over the rape offence

Derbyshire's chief fire officer has been charged with raping a woman and suspended from his job.

Sean Frayne, 47, from Etwall, Derby, was arrested in February and is accused of raping a woman in 2006, police said.

The fire service said he had been suspended from his post until further notice.

Mr Frayne, who has been with the service since 1997, is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on 31 March.

In a statement, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "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."

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