NRL player George Burgess pleads not guilty to sexually touching a woman without her consent

NRL premiership winner George Burgess has pleaded not guilty after he was charged with allegedly sexual touching a woman in Sydney.
The St George Illawarra Dragons player did not appear today at Downing Centre Court where his lawyer Bryan Wrench entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.The matter will return to court on June 8.
Mr Wrench told the court there was a “significant dispute” about what had occurred. Police allege the woman claimed she had been sexually touched without consent by a man known to her on March 8 at a Sydney home.
Mr Wrench told the court he has tried to obtain the “statement of evidence” from police on two occasions, but they have not provided it.
The matter was adjourned for police to provide the brief of evidence on June 8, but Burgess has been excused from appearing.

The St George Illawarra forward was charged in March after the woman made a complaint at Mascot Police Station in Sydney’s south.

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According to court documents seen by NCA Newswire, Burgess is alleged to have “sexually touched the woman’s bottom without her consent” between 10.20am and 10.45am.

The charge of sexual touching carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.