Alexa

Australia fullback charged with sexual assault

Australia fullback charged with sexual assault

Australia fullback Brett Stewart has been charged with the sexual assault of a teenage girl after a National Rugby League club launch, local media reported Tuesday.
Stewart, who plays for NRL and World Club champion Manly, reportedly met the 17-year-old girl outside his apartment complex following a club launch last Friday before the alleged assault occurred.
He was charged after attending a police station in northern Sydney with his lawyer and Manly coach Des Hasler, the Australian Associated Press reported.
"A 24-year-old North Manly man attended Dee Why police station and was arrested," New South Wales state police said in a statement. "The man was spoken to by investigators regarding an alleged incident with a 17-year-old girl at a North Manly property during the evening of Friday, March 6."
Stewart was granted bail to appear at Manly Local Court on April 7.
The club announced when reports of the alleged assault emerged that Stewart would play in Manly's season-opening NRL match against Canterbury on Saturday night.
Manly representatives were due to meet NRL officials on Wednesday regarding the cases of Stewart and backrower Anthony Watmough, who allegedly slapped a club sponsor after the Friday night event.