Footballer charged with sexual assault

Steve Cook, formely of Brighton & Hove Albion, now of Bournemouth FC, charged with sexual assault
Steve Cook, formely of Brighton & Hove Albion, now of Bournemouth FC, charged with sexual assault

A PROFESSIONAL footballer who lives in St Leonards has been charged with sexual assault on a woman and voyeurism.

Steve Cook, 21, of Perth Road, who plays for Bournemouth, is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates Court on Friday (May 11).

He was charged on Monday along with three other professional footballers who play for Brighton and Hove Albion; George Barker, 20, of Highview Avenue North, Brighton; Lewis Dunk, 20, of Woodbourne Avenue, Brighton and Anton Rodgers, 19, of Highview Avenue North, Brighton.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Brighton on July 17 last year.

All four men were given bail to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday next week (May 11).

A 19-year-old man from Brighton, arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at the same time, has been advised that no further action will be taken against him.

Born in Hastings in April 1991, Cook made his first team debut for Brighton during the Football League Cup third round victory over Manchester City on September 24, 2008.

He played in three more games before being loaned out to non league clubs Havant & Waterlooville FC, Eastleigh, Eastbourne Borough and Mansfield.

Cook made his last appearance for Brighton during the League Cup defeat at home to Liverpool last September.

On 27 October Cook joined League One side Bournemouth on loan before moving permanently following a £150,000 transfer.