Australian fast bowler Aaron Summers has been produced in court and charged with child sexual abuse offences. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Summer was arrested in Fannie Bay on Friday. A search warrant was issued against him and on executing the same, his mobile phone among other stuff was seized. The phone reportedly had a lot of incriminating evidence of him wherein he had child abuse material and also had made attempts to procure photographs.
Aaron Summers has played in the Big Bash League for the Hobart Hurricanes and also in Australia’s One-Day cup for the Tasmania side. Further, he had made history by becoming the first overseas player to feature in Pakistan’s revamped domestic one day competition as he appeared for Southern Punjab. Summers has played in a total of 3 List A match in his career as well and has just 1 wicket to his name. He had also taken part in the Abu Dhabi T10 league for the Deccan Gladiators most recently.
Senior sergeant Paul Lawson slams Aaron Summers
Paul Lawson who was the detective and acting senior sergeant in the case spoke about Aaron Summers’ arrest and the charges and was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying, “The behaviour is despicable. Young people should be able to enjoy their childhood without the fear of predators approaching them for their own appalling intentions. The Northern Territory Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team will continue to work with national and international partners to keep the most vulnerable in our community safe.”
Summers has been charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material due to the presence of ‘a number of videos containing child abuse material’. He was also charged on one count of grooming a child as he had made ‘an attempt to procure further illicit photographs’. It remains to be seen as to how this case of child abuse proceeds in court and what punishment Summers gets.