Parramatta Eels‘ Dylan Brown has been charged with five counts of sexual touching without consent following an alleged incident at a Double Bay hotel over the weekend. The five-eighth, who is considered one of the team’s highest profile players, was reportedly the subject of a complaint to the staff at the pub late on Saturday night. Brown is set to answer the charges at the Downing Centre Local Court this week. The NSW Police released a statement saying that officers were called to a hotel on South Head Road at Double Bay in response to a report of sexual touching just before midnight on Sunday.
Brown was arrested and taken to the Waverley Police Station to be charged with sexually touching another person without their consent. He was later granted bail and will appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, June 7.
The alleged incident has stunned the Parramatta Eels fans, who have considered Brown to be one of the brightest prospects on their team. Brown is one of the key figures in the Eels‘ lineup and has played a pivotal role in their recent success. The Eels are tipped as one of the potential premiership winners this year.
However, this recent incident is likely to have far-reaching consequences for the young star. The charges against him are incredibly serious, and if found guilty, he could face a lengthy jail sentence. Additionally, he might also be banned from playing rugby league for a significant period of time.
This is not the first time that an NRL player has been charged with sexual assault. St George Illawarra player Jack De Belin was stood down from playing for the Dragons after he was charged with sexual assault. This incident once again highlights the need for the NRL to take a strong stance against player misbehavior and to ensure that players are held accountable for their actions.