A parish priest who acted as chairman of governors at a Birmingham school has been arrested on suspicion of raping a child.
Honorary Canon Father John Herve was arrested after allegations of rape and gross indecency with a person under 16 were made against him.
The Diocese of Birmingham has suspended him from his post as vicar of St Agatha's Church, in Sparkbrook, and said it was co-operating with the police inquiry.
St Agatha's, on Stratford Road, is next door to Ladypool Primary School, where Herve is the chairman of the board of governors.
Herve, who is on police bail, said: "I can't comment at the moment."
The Diocese of Birmingham stressed his suspension was a "neutral act" in line with current protocol and no conclusions should be drawn from the move.
Herve, who last year welcomed Prince Edward and his wife Sophie to St Agatha's to mark a £1 million restoration programme, is also priest-in-charge at St Albans, in Highgate.
He was arrested on January 11 and released on police bail pending further inquiries.
The Archdeacon of Birmingham, the Venerable Hayward Osborne, said: "On Friday January 13 Father John Herve was suspended from his duties following allegations made against him.
"The Diocese of Birmingham is co-operating with the police, and is following appropriate protocol which have led to this suspension.
"I must emphasise the suspension is a neutral act and does not imply guilt."
The board of governors at Ladypool Primary School is due to meet this week to discuss the case.
A spokesman for Birmingham City Council's education department said because of the police investigation it could not comment on the case.
The spokesman added: "John Herve is currently the chair of governors at Ladypool Primary School. However he has been informed that he should not visit any schools pending this police investigation.
"The LEA has no powers to remove or suspend a chair of governors. That can only be done by the governing body, and they are due to meet next week."
A police spokesman said: "A man in his 50s has been arrested on suspicion of rape and gross indecency with a person under 16.
"The man was arrested in the Highgate area of Birmingham on Wednesday January 11.
"He was released on police b ail pending further inquiries."
Herve, who grew up in Selly Oak, has been parish priest of St Agatha's for the past 16 years. A graduate of Birmingham and Wolverhampton universities, he was ordained as a priest in 1973 in York.
He served as chaplain in the Army between 1976 and 1981, including tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and with the UN in Cyprus.
Returning to Birmingham, he was parish priest of St Andrew's, Handsworth, during the riots in 1981 and 1985.
While at St Agatha's, he spearheaded the restoration of the church following a grant of £672,000 of lottery money and celebrated the Centenary of St Agatha's in 2003. The restoration work was given the Royal blessing by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Currently the padre to 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital, based in Kings Heath, he was appointed honorary canon of Birmingham Cathedral in April 2005. He conducts the annual Service of Remembrance in Centenary Square.