Former Cricket Australia employee Tim Whittaker is in court charged with sexually touching two men

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The complainant went to sleep in Whittaker’s bed and woke up to find the accused touching him sexually, the prosecutor said.

The complainant in the 2016 case reported the matter to police last December after learning of another alleged incident involving Whittaker.

Both complainants, although based in Melbourne and working in cricket, did not report directly to Whittaker. The CV employee had never worked under him. However, Whittaker had offered him a character reference in a job application to the state association.

Moleta told the court that both men were unable to consent as they were highly intoxicated and in “completely vulnerable” positions. They had the right to feel safe in the home of a senior employee, she said.

Both complainants suffered “intimate embarrassment”, the prosecutor said, and found it difficult to come forward to police and family.

Defense barrister Mark Sturges said Whittaker had demonstrated good character before the alleged offense and had since taken steps to address his alcohol and mental health problems.

Whittaker has since moved to Queensland to live with his parents and had found work, the court was told.

Magistrate Jo Metcalf indicated that Whittaker could face prison if found guilty. She extended his bail to return to court next year.

Cricket Australia declined to comment.

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