Scott Bolton has been cleared of grabbing a woman’s genitals at a bar in Sydney’s east but pleaded guilty to assaulting her. The Cowboys forward escaped conviction for grabbing the 49-year-old woman’s upper thigh after a boozy team dinner at a Bondi bar last May. The 31-year-old veteran was facing a hearing for indecent assault at Waverley Local Court on Monday with up to four witnesses ready to give evidence.
But prosecutors dropped that charge after the North Queensland prop pleaded guilty to the alternative of common assault. Magistrate Greg Grogin sentenced Bolton, who has been married for two years to his wife Michelle, to a 12-month conditional release order.