Aspiring NRL star Tristan Sailor has been charged with aggravated sexual assault following an alleged incident in Sydney.
The young gun, who is the son of rugby league legend Wendell Sailor, has played five games for the Dragons since his first grade debut last year, but was cut by the club at the end of this season.
NSW Police said in a statement detectives executed a search warrant at a home in Wollongong as part of an ongoing investigation. A 22-year-old man was arrested and taken to Wollongong police station.
“A man has been charged over the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a woman last weekend,” a NSW Police Force statement said.
“Earlier this week, police received a report that a 24-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted by a man known to her.
“Detectives from St George Police Area Command and the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation under Strike Force Rouget.
“Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Wollongong about 7.40am today (Saturday 10 October 2020), where they seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.
“A 22-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he was charged with aggravated sex assault – inflict actual bodily harm on victim.
“Police will allege in court that the man sexually assaulted the woman, during which she sustained injuries, at a home in Sydney’s south last Saturday (3 October 2020).
“He has been refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court tomorrow (Sunday 11 October 2020). Inquiries are continuing.”
The Dragons issued a statement shortly after the charges against Sailor were laid by NSW Police.
‘St George Illawarra have today been advised that Tristan Sailor has been charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident last weekend,” the statement read.
“The club is taking the matter very seriously and will continue to work with Tristan and all relevant authorities. The NRL integrity unit has also been made aware.
“While Tristant won’t be at the Dragons in 2021, the club will continue to provide any necessary welfare support as he comes to terms with the matter.”
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the NRL Integrity Unit has been made aware of Sailor’s arrest.
Sailor has struggled for opportunities at the Red V and is not part of incoming coach Anthony Griffin’s plans.
He played halfback in his maiden first grade appearance late in 2019 but couldn’t win a regular place in the 17 under Paul McGregor or interim coach Dean Young.
Sailor’s father Wendell was a Broncos legend before hopping codes and representing the Wallabies in rugby union. He later returned to league with the Dragons, where he finished his career.
Wendell was unhappy his son had been shunned by St George at the end of this season.
“He got two games off the bench and was expected to pull off the miracle play with limited game time,” Wendell told Nine last month.
“Now they say he is not wanted — my wife and I are very disappointed that he never got the opportunity to show what he’s got on the field.
“He’s done everything right all year. He couldn’t even come to my mum’s funeral because he was in the bubble, but he accepted that and now they cut him.”