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Charged Physio who founded inclusive rugby team charged with two sex offences

The incidents were alleged to have happened in December this year.

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Kevin  Bartlett

Kevin Bartlett

Kevin Bartlett

A physiotherapist who founded a predominantly gay rugby team was today charged with two sex offences.

Although he did not appear at Antrim Magistrates Court, 59-year-old Kevin Bartlett was charged with sexually assaulting a male and causing the complainant to engage in sexual activity, namely oral sex, without consent, both alleged to have been committed on 4 December this year.

Defence solicitor Francine McFarland said her client was not appearing by video link as the offices of Hastings solicitors is closed but she told District Judge Liam McStay she could “make arrangements” for Bartlett to attend.

A police officer said she believed she could connect Bartlett, from Fountain Street in Antrim, to each of the charges and adjourning the case for four weeks to 26 January, DJ McStay said Bartlett “must make an appearance on the next occasion.”

As part of his bail conditions, Bartlett is barred from contacting the alleged victim or prosecution witnesses and is also prohibited from “practicing as a personal masseuse at any time.”

In 2016, registered sports physiotherapist Bartlett founded the Belfast Azlans, a predominantly gay rugby team and has won a gold medal in the Vancouver Gay Games, competed in national championships and excelled in both rugby and athletics.

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