CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses sexual abuse.

A 26-year-old man is set to be charged over the alleged sexual assault of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins inside Parliament House back in 2019.

The Australian Federal Police announced on Friday afternoon that the man has been summoned to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court On September 16, 2021.

“Detectives from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations – Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team, the specialist team dedicated to investigating sexual assaults in the ACT, first received a report in April 2019,” the AFP said in a statement.

“The investigation remained open and in February 2021 a formal complaint was made.

“Detectives have since spoken to a number of witnesses and collected evidence as part of the investigation.”

The man will face one charge of sexual intercourse without consent, which carries a maximum penalty of 12 years in jail.

More to come.

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