Footballer avoids jail over nurse assault in Melbourne laneway
A Melbourne footballer has avoided jail over the assault of a nurse in a Melbourne CBD laneway.
Police were told the nurse was walking to work along Little Lonsdale Street in October 2018 when she was approached by Jackson Williams, then aged 19.
Williams admitted he snatched the nurse off the street by the neck, placed her into a headlock and dragged her into the laneway, before pinning the woman to the ground.
However, the judge found the Essendon District footballer not guilty of intending to sexually assault his victim.
9News understands the woman has moved interstate and has been unable to return to work.
Williams was today sentenced to a community corrections order for two years and six months.
He was also ordered to undertake alcohol and drug treatment and slapped with a six-month ban from attending licensed venues.