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The Chief Fire Officer of Derbyshire has appeared before court charged with raping a woman.
Sean Frayne appeared before magistrates charged with raping the woman between November 30 2006 and January 1 2007.
The 47-year-old from Etwall has been with the service since 1997 and has been suspended from his post until further notice.
Deputy District Judge Miller bailed him to next appear at Derby Crown Court on April 14.
Derbyshire's chief fire officer has been suspended after he was charged with rape.
The county's Fire and Rescue Service said Sean Frayne would be suspended indefinitely while the case was active.
In the meantime, the brigade said deputy chief fire officer Andy Waldie and deputy chief executive Joy Smith would be filling in for him.
Frayne began his career in 1985 at the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, moving to the Derbyshire brigade in 1997.
He has worked in a number of roles including positions in training, station management, performance management, risk management, and corporate services before becoming chief fire officer and chief executive.
The head of Derbyshire's fire and rescue service has been charged with rape, police confirmed today.
Chief fire officer Sean Frayne, aged 47, of Etwall, was arrested last month and has now been charged over an alleged incident from December 2006.
He is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on March 31.