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Postmaster charged with sexual misconduct

By Josh Lanier
Wednesday, July 2, 2008


CONCORD - A postmaster has been placed on leave without pay as police and postal inspectors complete an investigation into allegations of a sexual offense and kidnapping.

Concord Police arrested Keith Allen Fraley, 52, of the 600 block of Gatsby Place N.W., Tuesday and charged him with second-degree sexual offense and second-degree kidnapping, Concord Police Chief Merl Hamilton said.

Police began investigating Fraley after a female subordinate alleged she had been held in an office at the McCachern Boulevard facility on May 17 and was involved in “inappropriate sexual contact,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton described second-degree kidnapping in this case as “being held and not being allowed to move” and second-degree sexual offense as “any sexual touching without intercourse.”

Hamilton declined to give specifics of the alleged encounter and also declined to give specifics on the woman, including her age and how long she had been employed, to protect her identity.

Fraley began working with the U.S. Postal Service in 1985 and was appointed postmaster of the McCachern Boulevard post office in 1999, a postal spokesperson said. He was placed on leave after postal officials were told about the arrest, officials said. He will remain on leave until the investigation and trial is complete, officials said.

Police arrested Fraley at his home around 8 a.m. Tuesday, Hamilton said.

U.S. Postal Inspectors and Concord Police worked together during the investigation to arrest Fraley, police said.

Fraley was released from the Cabarrus County Jail under a $20,000 bond Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court today.

Hamilton said police are still investigating the allegations and are speaking with other employees of the facility.

•  Contact Josh Lanier: 704- 789-9144

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