Timothy Whittaker charged with sexual assault, Melbourne court, former head of communications

Cricket Australia’s former head of communications faced 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.

Whittaker was a senior official who traveled to Cape Town following the ball tampering incident in 2018, and was aware of the Integrity Unit investigation into captain Tim Paine.

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.

Whittaker, right, leaves Melbourne Magistrates Court with lawyer Mark Sturges. Picture: Mark StewartSource: News Corp Australia

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 the police and after charges were brought forward, a second male came forward with a complaint.

Whittaker leaves the court. Picture: Mark StewartSource: News Corp Australia

The alleged incident from 2016 also occurred at Whittaker’s residence with the alleged victim falling asleep and waking 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 the 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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