Eels star Dylan Brown pleads guilty to groping woman on dancefloor

Parramatta Eels player Dylan Brown has been handed an 18-month community corrections order on Wednesday.

Parramatta Eels player Dylan Brown has been handed an 18-month community corrections order on Wednesday. Photo: AAP

Parramatta Eels pivot Dylan Brown is “not proud” of his drunken behaviour at a Sydney nightspot where he twice groped a woman after drinking so much he couldn’t speak to his lawyer following his arrest.

The 23-year-old NRL player was convicted on Wednesday of two counts of unwanted sexual touching.

“I am not proud of the behaviour I displayed and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said in a statement after entering the guilty pleas in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court.

Brown was at a Double Bay nightspot on June 3 when he groped a woman on both breasts.

He pleaded guilty and received a community corrections order for the next 18 months while three other charges were withdrawn.

Brown offered the woman an unreserved apology for the impact on her.

“Additionally, I want to apologise to everyone connected to the club for the negative impact this incident has caused and I am committed to learning from this experience,” he said.

Eels CEO Jim Sarantinos said the club was strongly committed to respecting women.

Brown’s behaviour, outlined in court and which he regrets, is unacceptable and against the club’s expectations.

He had never spoken to the woman before grabbing one of her breasts on the dancefloor, court documents seen by AAP state.

This made her uncomfortable, however she felt significantly more uncomfortable when Brown returned and grabbed her other breast less than 30 seconds later.

She told security and a friend who worked at the venue, and Brown was arrested outside.

Taken to Waverley police station, he was placed in an “investigative time out”.

When his solicitor David Newham arrived, Brown was too drunk to speak to him.

“Mr Brown is deeply sorry for what he did but the matter is now over and he wishes to move on,” Mr Newham said outside court on Wednesday.

The NRL suspended Brown under its no-fault stand down policy, which no longer applies following the finalisation of criminal proceedings.

Its integrity unit will conduct a review, the NRL said in a statement.

“The club will continue to support Dylan and work with him as he learns from this experience,” Mr Sarantinos said.

Brown has played 95 games for the Eels since joining them in 2019 and five internationals for New Zealand.

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National Sexual Abuse and Redress Support Service 1800 211 028


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