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    St Kilda’s Stephen Milne has been charged with four counts of rape over an alleged incident from 2004.

    Victoria Police today confirmed that Milne had been formally charged following a review of the initial investigation carried out after the woman complained about Milne some nine years ago.

    “Victoria Police can confirm that it has today charged a 33 year-old man from Cheltenham with four counts of rape following an alleged incident in 2004,” said a spokeswoman.

    “The decision to charge follows an extensive review of the initial investigation by specialist detectives within our Sexual Crimes Squad.”

    “That review was prompted by an OPI recommendation last year that the brief of evidence be reviewed to ensure all relevant evidence had been properly recorded and retained.

    “As we have previously made clear, it is a matter of regret that this review found the initial investigation to have been substantially inadequate.

    “As a result, further inquiries have been conducted by the Sexual Crimes Squad and after consulting with the Office of Public Prosecutions, the decision has been made to lay charges.

    “In recent years Victoria Police have implemented substantial reforms and improvements to our sex crimes investigative processes which has enabled a number of older investigations to be reviewed, offenders identified and charges laid.

    “It is unfortunate for all parties concerned that this matter has taken so many years to progress, but having discussed with the alleged victim in this matter, we can confirm that our decision to lay charges accords with her wishes.

    “It is now important that the defendant in this matter be afforded the same procedural fairness any other member of the community would expect in these circumstances.

    “Victoria Police will be providing no further comment at this time and until the matter has run its course through the normal legal process”

    The St Kilda club have released a short statement:

    “The St Kilda Football Club can confirm that Stephen Milne has been charged by Victoria Police arising from a matter in 2004.

    “The club acknowledges that any reopening of the matter will cause distress for all parties.

    “The club is gathering details of this reinvestigation and intends to make further comment tomorrow.”

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    • Roar Guru

      June 18th 2013 @ 2:42pm
      Brent Ford said | June 18th 2013 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

      Wow this is the biggest story all week!

      • June 18th 2013 @ 3:02pm
        Franko said | June 18th 2013 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

        Glad you’re so excited about it.

        Please try and spare a thought for the family and friends of the victim and indeed all those associated with this traumatic experience.FFS.

        • Roar Guru

          June 18th 2013 @ 3:15pm
          Brent Ford said | June 18th 2013 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

          It’s big because the case is back open, I’m not excited about it and by no means did I mean any disrespect to anyone involved.

          • June 18th 2013 @ 3:45pm
            Franko said | June 18th 2013 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

            I know you probably didn’t mean anything by it but after reading the article the comment seemed a little insensitive, more likely me being over sensitive, apologies.
            This case has no winners and Milne should of course be given the presumption of innocence but any other person considering pressing charges would hardly be encouraged by this. The alleged incident occurred in 2004 and is still going on nearly a decade later. How could any party begin to seek closure?

            On the one hand the Victorian police, and the officer/sergeant/whatever that held close ties to the StKilda footy club should be fairly nervous about now. On the other hand, good on them for pursuing the case, would be a lot easier to have just left it.

            Before people comment on this, I seriously urge them to think about the pain this traumatic experience has caused for all parties, from Stevens parents to the alleged victim and her family.

            • June 18th 2013 @ 4:12pm
              Johnno said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

              Look for a start on this issue I in know way can relate to. The point you make about closure is an interesting one.

              -I have been harassed once in a night club 10 years ago , with a big group of blokes demanding some money of me so they could by some drinks at 3am. And one of them had a bottle to my face in the bathroom and demanded I give him $5 dollar’s so he could buy a beer. He was aggressive and intoxicated. I got over it in about 2 hours , I was shaken an annoyed but had basically forgotten about it the next morning, and relived I didn’t get serious injury from a drunk.

              -This closure part is interesting, if someone hasn’t seeked justice in 10 years, do they give up and just move on, or does the pain linger, and frustration grow. I don’t know as I’ve never had such an incident happen, where the pain has been so prolonged. People get older, and time moves on. But still maybe the pain does not.

              -I didn’t even know such things even happened with the police. That they could review cases that happened almost 10 years ago. Wow. I thought this stuff only happened with missing persons, and homicide cases.

              How little did I know about the Victoria Police, or any state police force in Australia. But they can, and it will be a nervous time for the alleged steve Milne i’m sure. This will be an interesting, case and I think has far more potential to rock the AFL world if he is found guilty, than if Blake Ferguson is to be found guilty.

              As these charges are far more serious than Blake Ferguson. If one is found guilty of such offences that Stephen Milne is alleged to have committed, he could be looking at 10 years jail minimum, if not more. This is big news.

              There was the case up in the Northern Territory this year, Liam Jurrah recently being sentenced to 6 months jail, for assault. But this is big news in AFL, a PR nightmare for AFL if Stephen Milne is found guilty of these charges.

        • June 18th 2013 @ 8:04pm
          dexc said | June 18th 2013 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

          Give us a break, its clear what he meant by being excited. Everyones a little bit too precious these days.

    • June 18th 2013 @ 3:43pm
      Johnno said | June 18th 2013 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

      AFL and NRL, do not want this stuff, but on the flip side of the NRL, the best case scenario for them it has now taken the heat a bit out of the Blake Ferguson allegations. As it means it’s not just the NRL that has had problems with it’s player’s. Also the AFL.

      In the unfortunate events, of both cases, the NRL maybe relieved as it does take some of the pressure of it., and the NRL will not get all the tarnish. What a last week in sport, and we are not even yet at socceroo’s VS Iraq, or Wallabies vs Lion’s test. Our cricket is in crisis, to Dave Warner stuff, and out of the champions trophy.

      George burgess, James Tamou, Blake Ferguson, now Stephen Milne from AFL. What a week.

      • Roar Rookie

        June 18th 2013 @ 4:01pm
        Wilson Flatley said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

        The happiest man in Australia upon reading this? Dave Smith. At least the AFL media have something to distract them from their “NRL are Neanderthals” routine.

        • June 18th 2013 @ 4:15pm
          Johnno said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

          I agree. it takes the heat out of Dave Smith and the NRL. The AFL can’t throw stones at the NRL anymore and say there game, is crystal clean or there player’s are better behaved. In the trial by media, wars between the various footy codes, and sports, and the court of public opinion, this is a big relief for the NRL, what’s unfortunately happened with the AFL today.
          Cricket too, after the Dave Warner incident, will be breathing easier too.

          • June 18th 2013 @ 4:23pm
            Exocet said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

            Milne and Ferguson are innocent at this stage ne c’est pas??

            • June 18th 2013 @ 4:31pm
              Johnno said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

              That;s why I said trial by media and court of public opinion. They are different to a real trial,and these 2 are innocent by the justice system, but by the media and court of public opinion, they are not innocent, until this case is formally over. The public perception for these things always assumes there guilty, despite actually not actually been convicted of anything in a court.

              • June 18th 2013 @ 7:00pm
                Chris B said | June 18th 2013 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

                Well the way I look at it they are guilty of something, being overpaid a- holes who are unprofessional.
                While you and they can cry a river about how unfair the world is, I reflect on why such things repeatedly happen to d$&@kheads like Milne, Dugan, tamou and Warner. Funny how these unproven allegations never happened to Simon black or Jude Bolton or Glenn McGrath or cam smith etc

          • Roar Rookie

            June 18th 2013 @ 4:23pm
            Wilson Flatley said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

            But the happiest man of all Johnno?

            David Gallop

            The rest of Australian sport are shooting themselves in the foot daily, meanwhile the beanpole Gallop is enjoying lunch at a fancy restaurant, sipping on some Dom Perignon and patting himself on the back for the 80thousand who will turn out for the Socceroos tonight.

            • June 18th 2013 @ 4:33pm
              Johnno said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

              Exactly Wilson. And if the socceroos qualify tonight, Dave Gallop will be opening another bottle of French champagne , celebrating. $9 million dollars into the FFA coffer courtesy of FIFA, if the socceroos qualify.
              Will make that French Champagne extra bubbly.

            • June 18th 2013 @ 4:55pm
              Stavros said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

              Why would he pat himself on the back for 80k turning up to the biggest soccer match in this country since 2005? Anything less than a full house would be a disappointment.

              • Roar Rookie

                June 18th 2013 @ 4:58pm
                Wilson Flatley said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

                I was being facetious Stavros, Gallop seems the sort to pat himself on the back for pouring a bowl of cereal correctly in the morning.

              • June 18th 2013 @ 5:38pm
                Exocet said | June 18th 2013 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

                Yes Gallop would like to take back some of the things he said when he was head of the NRL….

            • June 18th 2013 @ 6:50pm
              Bob said | June 18th 2013 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

              Yep, Dave Gallop must feel like the luckiest guy on the planet. To fall from the NRL to the FFA at this point in time is one of the most fortuitous career moves in Australian sporting association history.

              • June 19th 2013 @ 1:34pm
                mick h said | June 19th 2013 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

                the only regret for david would be the money the nrl has compared to soccer.

            • June 19th 2013 @ 7:50am
              Jacques said | June 19th 2013 @ 7:50am | ! Report

              David Gallop is a smart man to leave a Neanderthals sports for the World game

              • June 20th 2013 @ 11:08am
                Matt_S said | June 20th 2013 @ 11:08am | ! Report

                Well Jacques, how many supporters have been killed watching soccer? Too many to count? How many players have been killed by deranged soccer fans? I think soccer can claim the title of Neanderthal sport 😀

          • June 19th 2013 @ 9:47pm
            me, I like football said | June 19th 2013 @ 9:47pm | ! Report

            Do the AFL say they are clean or better than the NRL? I can’t recall that ever occurring

        • June 18th 2013 @ 4:45pm
          Australian Rules said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

          Wilson says: “At least the AFL media have something to distract them from their “NRL are Neanderthals” routine”

          Johnno says: “The AFL can’t throw stones at the NRL anymore and say there game, is crystal clean or there player’s are better behaved”

          What the hell are you blokes on about?

          Do you have any quote or link or credible reference…or is this just typical hypersensitive paranoia?

          Talk about missing the point completely.

          • June 18th 2013 @ 5:59pm
            cuzza said | June 18th 2013 @ 5:59pm | ! Report

            who cares what dave smith thinks? who is dave smith anyway?

          • June 20th 2013 @ 11:42am
            Nathan of Perth said | June 20th 2013 @ 11:42am | ! Report

            It’s nice to see people appreciating this situation for what it truly is.

            A vehicle for cheap, tawdry point scoring.

    • June 18th 2013 @ 4:15pm
      joe said | June 18th 2013 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

      No winners in this if true a woman was raped if not true a mans reputation destroyed

    • June 18th 2013 @ 5:11pm
      Col said | June 18th 2013 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

      Are you morons serious?? David Gallop, Dave Smith being “happy” that a man, who plays a code of football that differs to the code they operate, is charged with 4 counts of rape???

      “Happy” that another code of sport is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons???

      Do you really believe that these administrators are happy to see other peoples lives get destroyed so long as they are not connected to the sport they run and therefore don’t damage the repute of their precious sport???

      Morons.

      Joe is right, there are no winners in all this crap. Young women feel they have been assaulted. Young men feel they haven’t done anything wrong. Nobody wins. If anyone is “happy” to see this happen then they are sick human beings.

    • June 18th 2013 @ 5:54pm
      Johnno said | June 18th 2013 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

      Well put it this way, the cynical ruthless world of pro sports, where money talks, no one would ever say they are happy with lives being destroyed, but what do they say about money. “Money is the root of all evil”. The is horrifically bad publicity for the AFL even if Stephen Milne is found not guilty, and no doubt this may help more market share for NRL and the FFA and the A-league.

      And that ultimately helps the other sports get more market share, more money, and everyone employed by the other codes benefits.
      So read into that any cryptic way you want, but the point is one code’s failings or slip-up’s , help another codes bottom line, and more money and glory come into the other sports.Does it make them happy how they win or make money, and the circumstances, maybe not, but the benefits and celebrations are there and the other codes will no doubt be laughing all the way to the bank, thanks to the AFL having this horrifically bad publicity .

      • June 18th 2013 @ 6:20pm
        Australian Rules said | June 18th 2013 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

        As a minor point, I disagree that the AFL would suffer “horrifically bad publicity” whatever the result of Stephen Milne’s 2004 rape investigation.

        But moreover, your analysis of “Who’s winning the PR war”…is not just base-level inane, it’s lacking any sort of credible perspective.

      • June 18th 2013 @ 6:27pm
        Floyd Calhoun said | June 18th 2013 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

        Johnno, I reckon you should file for moral bankruptcy!

        • June 18th 2013 @ 7:28pm
          Minz said | June 18th 2013 @ 7:28pm | ! Report

          +1. Seriously, comparing being threatened in a night club with being raped earlier in the thread, and then making dubious statements about closure… very poorly played, Johnno.

          • June 18th 2013 @ 8:36pm
            karen said | June 18th 2013 @ 8:36pm | ! Report

            Minz – I completely agree with you – how does being threatened in a night club compare with being raped????

            • June 18th 2013 @ 9:49pm
              Johnno said | June 18th 2013 @ 9:49pm | ! Report

              Read my post again, and the 1st sentence of that post

              “Look for a start on this issue I in know way can relate to. The point you make about closure is an interesting one.” Make sense now.

              – 1 to you 2.

              • June 18th 2013 @ 11:35pm
                Floreat Pica said | June 18th 2013 @ 11:35pm | ! Report

                -1 for the inability to spell ‘no’- especially troblesome in a thread on this topic.

              • June 19th 2013 @ 8:37am
                Australian Rules said | June 19th 2013 @ 8:37am | ! Report

                Floreat +1

                !!

    • June 18th 2013 @ 9:46pm
      Shmick said | June 18th 2013 @ 9:46pm | ! Report

      Commenting on this story is pointless. We are all smart enough to not speculate, but where does that leave us? Tempted into awkward comments that people react to either ultra-sensitively or without the level of sensitivity required.

      Yes, I see the irony of this comment.

      Let’s take a step back and show the parties respect while this thing plays out.

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