Martin Lynes has been charged with sexual assault over an alleged attack in February. Photo: FacebookFormer Home and Away actor Martin Lynes has been charged with sexually and indecently assaulting a woman in his home on the NSW Central Coast.
The 48-year-old has been 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.
The attack allegedly occurred on February 29 when Lynes became involved in a dispute with a woman in his home in Sycamore Avenue, Bateau Bay.
“The altercation allegedly escalated, during which the man sexually and indecently assaulted the woman,” a police statement said.
The woman contacted her family and police went to the home but Lynes had allegedly left before officers arrived.
The woman was taken to Gosford Hospital for treatment and was discharged the next day, police said.
Lynes was arrested at 4.15am on March 1 and taken to Wyong police station where he was charged.
He appeared before Wyong Local Court, where he was granted conditional bail, on the same day.
An apprehended violence order has been taken out against Lynes, preventing him from approaching his alleged victim.
Lynes did not return Fairfax Media’s calls on Thursday for comment.
A spokesperson for real estate company Property Central, where Lynes works as a sales negotiator, said it would not make any comment on the charges.
The father-of-two had most recently played villain Adam Sharpe, the older brother of Ricky Sharpe (played by Bonnie Sveen), between 2012 and 2014 on Home and Away, a long-running Channel Seven soap. He appeared as the mentor of Darryl Braxton (Steve Peacocke). In some of his last acting scenes for the soap, his character was sentenced to 25 years to life for his crimes and also confessed to the murder of Johnny Barrett (Stephen Anderton).
Originally from Perth, Lynes moved to Sydney in 1990 to pursue acting and was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
He has also appeared on Packed to the Rafters (2010 – 2011), Blue Water High (2005-2008), McLeod’s Daughters (2008) and All Saints (1998-2004) but retired from acting in 2014 “to create financial security” for his family.
His real estate biography reads: “Marty is humble about his acting work but his communication skills and public speaking abilities have aided his rise in real estate.
“Real estate is now Marty’s chosen career path,” it added.
He is also described as, “a fearless negotiator”, “fiercely loyal to his clients” and “passionate about real estate.”
Lynes will face Wyong Local Court on April 27.
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