A person has been summonsed to face courtroom over the alleged rape of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.
An announcement from ACT police on Friday afternoon stated the person, aged 26, had been summonsed to look in courtroom for an alleged sexual assault in 2019.
“Police will allege the person had sexual activity with out consent at Parliament Home on Saturday, 23 March 2019,” the assertion stated.
It stated detectives from ACT Policing’s Prison Investigations – Sexual Assault and Little one Abuse Crew had first obtained a report concerning the matter in April 2019.
“The investigation remained open and in February 2021 a proper grievance was made. Detectives have since spoken to various witnesses and picked up proof as a part of the investigation,” the assertion stated.
It stated that on Friday officers “served the person’s authorized consultant with a summons to look earlier than the ACT Magistrates Courtroom on September 16 2021.
“The person will face one cost of sexual activity with out consent”.
The utmost penalty is 12 years jail.
Higgins, who in 2019 was a staffer within the workplace of Linda Reynolds, then defence trade minister, alleged a colleague raped her within the minister’s workplace.
Higgins’ making public her allegation had seismic political penalties.
Reynolds confronted intensive criticism over her dealing with of the matter and was moved from her place of defence minister in a subsequent cupboard reshuffle.
Inquiries had been arrange into the political tradition at Parliament Home, together with one by the Intercourse Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, who’s to current her ultimate report later this 12 months.
After a assessment by Division of Prime Minister and Cupboard’s deputy secretary Stephanie Foster, there may be to be a one-hour, face-to-face coaching session for parliamentarians and workers on sexual harassment. The federal government has made it necessary for ministers and Coalition staffers to attend.
A physique can also be being set as much as take care of complaints about behaviour within the parliamentary office.
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