A man accused of raping a woman on a first date organized through the dating app Bumble has confronted the court.
David Gabrieli, 37, allegedly sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman inside her Maroubra apartment in the eastern suburbs of Sydney on January 30.
The police claim that the defendant forced himself to the woman, kissing his lips and breasts before raping her, 9News reported.
David Gabrieli (pictured) is accused of allegedly raping a woman he met at the Bumble dating app in January
Mr. Gabrieli then took the woman to the Mascot train station, where he took the train home and reported the alleged incident to the police.
The divorced father of two supposedly posed as a doctor when he first connected with the victim.
Mr. Gabrieli was arrested by police on Wednesday after seven months of investigation and taken to the Maroubra police station.
He faces five counts, including two charges of indecent assault, two counts of aggravated sexual assault without consent and obstructing a person who executes a crime scene.
Defense lawyer David Brezniak told reporters outside Waverley Court on Thursday that Mr. Gabrieli had contact with the plaintiff, but did not attack her.
Police claim that the 37-year-old accused, who claimed to be a doctor, forced himself with the woman, kissing her lips and breasts before raping her (stock image)
Defense lawyer David Brezniak (pictured) told reporters outside Waverley Court on Thursday that Gabrieli had contact with the plaintiff, but that he did not attack her.
"He is completely innocent of the charges and wants it to be convincingly clear," Brezniak said.
"He is a young man, he is 38 years old, he is employed and he has two small children and he only wants the matter to be resolved as quickly as possible."
Bumble released a statement after the alleged sexual assault and said that the safety of its users was a priority.
"While we can not comment on an ongoing case, any form of harassment or sexual assault that is unacceptable to us and the safety of our users is our number one priority," the statement said.
Mr. Gabrieli must face the court again next month.
Gabrieli was arrested by police in his Maroubra apartment on Wednesday after seven months of investigation and was taken to the Maroubra police station.
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