Timothy Whittaker charged with sexual assault: Cricket Australia, news

Cricket Australia’s former head of communications fronted the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday after being charged with two counts of sexual assault.

Timothy Whittaker, 37, was a long serving executive at Cricket Australia and now faces possible jail time if convicted of the two separate charges.

One charge involves a male colleague while the other charge relates to a different male cricket employee, according to the Herald Sun.

The charges reportedly relate to an incident from 2016 involving a young male cricket worker, employed at Cricket Victoria, with the other charge relating to an alleged assault of a young Cricket Australia employee from 2019.

Mark Sturges, Whittaker’s lawyer, said his client would contest both charges and plead not guilty. The matter will return to the court for a seven-day hearing in May, 2023.

The alleged incident from 2019 is reported to have taken place at Whittaker’s residence following a night out.

After inviting people back to his residence, the alleged victim fell asleep on the couch and “woke up to Whittaker feeling his penis and giving him a hand job”.

The incident was reported to police and after charges were brought forward, a second male came forward with a complaint.

The alleged incident from 2016 also occurred at Whittaker’s residence with the alleged victim falling asleep and waking to “to the feeling of movement in his underpants and a hand stroking his penis.”

The second man to come forward spoke with Cricket Australia in October before making a statement to police.

Whittaker was not working in a position of authority above either man. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

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