Former “Home and Away” actor Martin Lynes has been charged with rape and assault.
Lynes, who plays Adam Sharpe on “Home and Away,” is accused of attacking a woman in his home on February 29 in Bateau Bay, Australia.
Metro quoted a New South Wales Police spokesman as saying, “The altercation allegedly escalated, during which the man sexually and indecently assaulted the woman.” The woman called her family to report the altercation but when police arrived Lynes already left.
The 48-year-old former actor was arrested several hours and has been taken to Wyong Police Station. He was charged with nine offences including having sexual intercourse without consent, assault with an act of indecency, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and three counts of common assault, Sydney Morning Herald wrote.
Martin Lynes was granted bail on the conditions that he does not contact or attempt to contact the victim and maintains a distance of at least 100m from her address, Yahoo News reported.
He will appear at Wyong Court on April 27.
Lynes played the villain Adam Sharpe, who is also the older brother of Ricky Sharpe (Bonnie Sveen), between 2012 and 2014 on “Home and Away.” He appeared as a mentor of Darryl Braxton (Steve Peacocke). His character was sentenced to 25 years to life for his crimes and also confessed to the murder of Johnny Barrett (Stephen Anderton).
Lynes also appeared on “All Saints” as Dr Luke Forlano. He was also seen in “Packed to the Rafters@ (2010 – 2011), “Blue Water High” (2005-2008), and “McLeod’s Daughters” (2008) but retired from acting in 2014. Since then, Lynes has been working as a real estate agent on the central coast.
Lynes is a native of Perth before he moved to Sydney in 1990 to pursue acting and was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Meanwhile, “Home and Away” airs Mondays to Fridays on Channel 5.