CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses sexual assault
The guitarist of Melbourne band Alpine has been charged with the sexual assault of a teenager. Christian O’Brien allegedly sexually assaulted a child under the age of 16-years-old in August of last year.
It is then alleged that after he was linked to the case, he fled to Brisbane to “avoid apprehension”, as reported by the Brisbane Times.
The court documents released in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on Monday alleged that Christian O’Brien, “intentionally sexually touched the complainant, a child under the age of 16, in circumstances where the touching was contrary to community standards of acceptable conduct.”
Documents showed that the police had released an image of the man in January, saying they wanted to speak with him. They also showed a warrant put out for O’Brien’s arrest, also in January.
“The accused has been identified as the offending male as a result of a media release being circulated,” said the document.
“Upon the media release being circulated, the accused has subsequently fled Melbourne to Brisbane in a bid to avoid apprehension. The accused is failing to engage with investigators and investigators believe he is likely to flee the country.”
O’Brien will return to court in February of next year.
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