Postmaster charged with sexual offense

The postmaster for the city of Concord was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with a sex offense against a female postal employee that allegedly took place at the downtown post office.

Keith Allen Fraley, 52, was charged with one count each of second-degree sexual offense and second-degree kidnapping.

Concord Police Chief Merl Hamilton said the incident took place on May 17 at the post office on McCachern Boulevard.

He declined to give details of the assault but said it was “inappropriate sexual contact.” Second-degree sexual offense involves sexual contact other than intercourse, Hamilton said.

While she and Fraley were both working, the employee was held against her will in an office inside the postal facility, Hamilton said. He declined to say how long the victim had worked for the post office.

Fraley, who has no N.C. criminal record, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Officers arrested Fraley about 8 a.m. Tuesday at his home. He was released from the Cabarrus County jail after posting $20,000 bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for today.

The victim notified the police department, Hamilton said.

“We have what we think to be a solid case,” he said. “We do have various forms of evidence.”

Hamilton said officers were continuing to talk with other U.S. Postal Service employees, but “we don't have information to believe it has happened with anyone else.”

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service assisted Concord police in the investigation.

Fraley has worked for the postal service for 23 years and had been Concord's postmaster since 1999, said Enola Rice, spokesperson for the postal service in the Carolinas.

Fraley, who supervised 146 employees at two post offices, is on leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation, Rice said.

“We are shocked and saddened by this arrest,” she said. “It's certainly not reflective of the postal service as a whole.

“The postal service prides itself on providing a safe working environment for all employees.”