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Lead guitarist of Aussie indie band Alpine is charged with sexually assaulting teenage girl under 16

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Guitarist of popular indie band Alpine is charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl under 16 – after fleeing Melbourne when his police mugshot went viral

  • Christian O’Brien, guitarist of Alpine is accused of sexually assaulting a minor 
  • The indie pop musician allegedly fled interstate after his mugshot went viral 
  • He has been charged with sexually touching a girl under 16 in Melbourne 

An indie pop musician has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 16 after going on the run when his police mugshot went viral online. 

Christian O’Brien, 36, the guitarist from Australian band Alpine, fled from Melbourne to Brisbane after police released an image of him as part of their investigation.  

Victoria Police released an image of a ‘pot-bellied’ man with a beard in connection to an alleged child sexual assault.

The photo was taken on the day of the alleged sexual assault in broad daylight in Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s central business district on August 2, last year. 

Victoria Police released an image of a 'pot-bellied' man with a beard in connection to an alleged child sexual assault

Christian O’Brien, 36, the guitarist from Australian band Alpine fled from Melbourne to Brisbane after police launched a manhunt for the alleged offender

Alpine formed in 2009 and most recently released a song in May last year. They have been nominated for ARIA and APRA awards including breakthrough artist and best video (Pictured members of Alpine play at Triple J, with Christian O'Brien in the middle)

Alpine formed in 2009 and most recently released a song in May last year. They have been nominated for ARIA and APRA awards including breakthrough artist and best video (Pictured members of Alpine play at Triple J, with Christian O’Brien in the middle)

The acclaimed artist did not show up to his hearing at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Monday, reported the Herald Sun.  

The court heard the indie musician left Victoria when he was connected to the crime online and through the media.  

‘The accused has been identified as the offending male as a result of a media release being circulated,’ a court document obtained by the Herald Sun read.

‘Upon the media release being circulated the accused has subsequently fled Melbourne to Brisbane in a bid to avoid apprehension. 

‘The accused is failing to engage with investigators and investigators believe he is likely to flee the country.’

A warrant was issued for his arrest in February by which time he had handed himself in to police and been charged.  

The musician remains on bail and will return to court for a contest mention on February 18, 2020. 

O’Brien is the guitarist and songwriter for the Australian indie group Alpine. 

Mr O'Brien is the guitarist and songwriter for the Australian indie group Alpine

Mr O’Brien is the guitarist and songwriter for the Australian indie group Alpine

Mr O'Brien grew up on Phillip Island and studied classical music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music before going on to teach guitar at Geelong Grammar

Mr O’Brien grew up on Phillip Island and studied classical music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music before going on to teach guitar at Geelong Grammar

The band is renowned around Australia for its catchy tunes including ‘Gasoline’, ‘Foolish’ and ‘Dumb’.

They have been nominated for ARIA and APRA awards including breakthrough artist and best video.

Alpine formed in 2009 and most recently released a song in May last year.

Mr O’Brien grew up on Phillip Island and studied classical music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music before going on to teach guitar at Geelong Grammar.

He was a guitar teacher at Geelong Grammar and a music lecturer at Box Hill Institute. 

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