Shock new development in case of man from one of the AFL's most famous families after he was charged with rape

Figure known in AFL circles charged with rape He appeared in a Melbourne court on June 14  

An AFL-linked figure who has been charged with raping a woman twice has been removed from the website of the company he works for, it has been revealed.

The man - who is a member of one of footy's most famous families - fronted Melbourne Magistrates' Court on June 14 where his barrister successfully argued his name should be prevented from being published in the media until his next court date in July.

He is accused of raping his alleged victim twice on the night of Sunday, January 14 this year, in Balwyn North in Melbourne's east.

A man with links to the AFL has had his profile deleted from his employer's website days after he was charged with rape, it has been revealed (stock image)

A man with links to the AFL has had his profile deleted from his employer's website days after he was charged with rape, it has been revealed (stock image)

He was charged on summons by Box Hill's Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team.

The man is charged with two counts of rape and also two counts of intending to pervert the course of justice.

Last Thursday the business that employs him deleted his profile on their website despite leaving it up for five days since he was charged, the Herald Sun reported.

The AFL and AFL Players' Association had refused to comment when the publication asked if it was appropriate that the man continued to work with footballers despite the charge.

The secondary charges were laid after the man allegedly made a 'false Uber' booking the next day in an in attempt to hide the alleged acts.

He is also alleged to have told someone else to lie about his whereabouts and for them to suggest another person committed the alleged crimes.

The media has been barred from revealing the identity of the charged man (stock image)

The media has been barred from revealing the identity of the charged man (stock image)

The AFL and AFL Players' Association have reportedly refused to comment on the case

The AFL and AFL Players' Association have reportedly refused to comment on the case

It is understood psychiatric reports played a role in the man's defense successfully arguing to have his identity suppressed as did an absence of criminal history.

Another member of the man's family is also very well known in AFL circles which played a part in the order being granted.

The man was questioned by detectives earlier this year and appeared in court on Friday wearing a suit and tie hours after he was charged.

Bail was granted with conditions including that he remain in Australia.

He is set return to court in July.

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