Barbados Member of Parliament for St Michael North West Neil Rowe appeared in the Oistins Magistrate's Court a short while ago on the charge of rape.
Mr Rowe was not required to plea to an indictable charge of rape.
The 43-year-old had been in police custody since last week while being investigated on sexual assault allegations.
He is set to reappear before the court on January 30, 2023.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley disclosed on Saturday at the Barbados Labour Party Annual General Conference that Member of Parliament for St. Thomas Cynthia Forde will be nominated for the position of Deputy Speaker in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, a position formerly held by Rowe.