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Australian Football League Milne charged with rape
AP
Melbourne, Australia , June 18, 2013
First Published: 13:06 IST(18/6/2013)
Last Updated: 13:07 IST(18/6/2013)

Australian Football League star Stephen Milne has been charged with rape after a police integrity unit recommended a review of the initial investigation into the incident in 2004.

Victoria state police issued a statement Tuesday saying "it is a matter of regret that this review found the initial investigation to have been substantially inadequate."

Police said the defendant was a 33-year-old Cheltenham man. Domestic media identified Milne, who has played 268 AFL games for Melbourne-based St. Kilda, and said he's due to appear in court on July 5.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. said police allege a 19-year-old woman was raped in a bedroom at a home belonging to one of Milne's teammates.

Both men had denied the allegations in the past, and the public prosecutor initially decided not to lay charges due to insufficient evidence.


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