Former Cricket Australia staffer charged with sexually touching two men

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A erstwhile elder Cricket Australia worker is facing 2 abstracted charges of sexually touching men, including 1 alleged offence against a erstwhile workfellow aft an end-of-season party.

CA’s erstwhile caput of communications Tim Whittaker appeared successful Melbourne Magistrates’ Court connected Thursday charged with sexually touching a idiosyncratic without their consent 2 men without consent successful 2016 and 2019.

Former Cricket Australia communications manager   Tim Whittaker.

Former Cricket Australia communications manager Tim Whittaker.Credit:Getty Images

Whittaker, 37, is yet to formally participate a plea.

Whittaker had been spokesperson for CA successful immoderate of the organisation’s biggest issues, including its nationalist handling of the sandpaper ungraded successful 2018 and the wage quality betwixt players and administrators successful 2017.

Police allege Whittaker separately sexually touched the 2 men astatine his location erstwhile some men were heavy intoxicated, the tribunal heard.

Prosecutor Bianca Moleta, for Victoria Police, said Whittaker and a workmate had attended a CA end-of-season relation connected March 15, 2019, and that a radical past moved to a pub for further celebrations. A smaller contingent went to Whittaker’s Abbotsford location astir 2am the adjacent day.

Moleta said the complainant fell dormant connected the sofa astir 4.30am and woke up successful Whittaker’s bed, wherever the accused allegedly sexually touched him. The complainant made a study to CA and constabulary connected March 18 that year.

Whittaker had completed his employment with CA hours earlier the alleged offending, the tribunal heard.

In the 2016 case, Moleta said Whittaker and a Cricket Victoria unit subordinate had been drinking astatine a pub connected January 8 earlier they and different idiosyncratic returned to the accused’s location for much drinks.

The complainant went to slumber successful Whittaker’s furniture and woke to find the accused sexually touching him, the authoritative said.

The complainant successful the 2016 lawsuit reported the substance to constabulary successful December past twelvemonth aft being told of different alleged incidental involving Whittaker.

Both complainants, though based successful Melbourne and moving successful cricket, did not study straight to Whittaker. The CV unit subordinate had ne'er worked nether him. Whittaker, though, had offered him a quality notation successful a occupation exertion for the authorities association.

Moleta told the tribunal some men were incapable of consenting arsenic they were heavy intoxicated, and were successful “completely vulnerable” positions. They were entitled to consciousness harmless successful the location of a elder employee, she said.

Both complainants had suffered “intimate embarrassment”, the authoritative said, and had trouble coming guardant to constabulary and family.

Defence counsel Mark Sturges said Whittaker had demonstrated bully quality earlier the alleged offending, and had since undertaken steps to code his intoxicant and intelligence wellness issues.

Whittaker has since moved to Queensland to unrecorded with his parents and had recovered employment, the tribunal was told.

Whittaker volition combat the charges astatine a contested proceeding scheduled to statesman connected May 1.

Magistrate Jo Metcalf indicated Whittaker could look jailhouse if recovered guilty. She extended his bail.

Cricket Australia declined to comment.

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