29 Oct 2011

Sunderland star charged with sexual assault

10:02 am on 29 October 2011

The Sunderland Premier League footballer Titus Bramble has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, and one of urinating in public.

The 30-year-old Bramble, a former England Under-21 international, was arrested last month and then re-arrested earlier in October when a second sex allegation was made.

An allegation of drug possession has been dropped by Cleveland Police in northeast England, and Bramble is due to appear at Teesside magistrates' court on November the 10th.

Bramble's lawyer Phil Smith says his client denied the charges and would be vigourously contesting them.

The defender was suspended by his Premier League club pending a club investigation into the issue in September.

He joined Sunderland from Wigan in 2010, and has previously played for Newcastle United and his home town club Ipswich Town.