The ex-partner of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard faced 10 years behind bars after being accused of harassment.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Tim Mathieson has been charged with two counts of harassment amid allegations that he entered a woman’s home without her permission.
The alleged crime allegedly came just a day after Mathieson sucked on a woman’s nipple without her consent in the same suburb.
Thursday, Mathieson, known during Ms Gillard’s reign as Australia’s “first guy”, appeared via video link at Melbourne Magistrates Court.
His lawyer indicated that Mathieson would plead guilty to a single count of sexual assault.
That statement was based on the provision that the Director of the Public Prosecution Office dropped the stalking charges that were then unidentified.
Tim Mathieson, ex-partner of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, will plead guilty to sexually assaulting a woman. He is pictured with Ms. Gillard in 2010.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that the Victoria Police Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Investigation Team has charged Mathieson with harassment over allegations that he entered the Brunswick East address of a woman on March 14 last year.
Detectives also alleged that Mathieson harassed a Brunswick East woman from December 2 of last year to February 14 of this year by harassing her over the phone.
Mathieson was finally charged on May 23 by Fawkner’s SOCIT unit.
Both harassment charges were dropped by prosecutors Thursday as part of a plea deal that will see the former barber admit to a sexual assault charge.
Court documents published Thursday by Daily Mail Australia described Mathieson’s offence.
The charge stated that Mathieson “intentionally sexually touched (the victim) by sucking on her nipple without her consent in circumstances where the defendant did not reasonably believe that (the victim) consented to touching him.”
Further details of that sexual assault are unknown, with more explosive details expected to air when the matter returns to court next month.
Mathieson’s attorney, Brad Penno, told the court that his client would plead guilty at his next arraignment if prosecutors went ahead with their plans to drop the other charges.
“It can be resolved on the basis that Mr Mathieson will plead guilty to count one on the basis that counts two and three are dropped,” he said.
“If that’s correct, I would expect the prosecution to make a request to that effect,” he said.
Penno said he hoped Mathieson would be dealt with through the court’s diversion program.
Under Victorian law, diversion plans are often issued to first-time offenders and are designed not to affect a person’s life in the future.
Under the diversion plan, Mathieson would not be required to formally plead to the charges and would instead simply admit to the crimes charged.
Tim Mathieson is accused of intentionally touching a woman’s nipple without her consent in Brunswick East in Melbourne’s city center on March 13 last year.
Mathieson leaves his lawyer’s office in Melbourne on Thursday.
“If diversion is on the table, it would have to go back to a diversion hearing,” Penno said.
A Crown prosecutor agreed to drop two of the three charges on the spot, but would not commit to supporting Mathieson’s request that it be dealt with by diversion until it had been discussed with his alleged victim.
“The short answer is … we need more time to investigate and come to a decision on whether a diversion is in fact appropriate,” he said.
Stalking in Victoria carries a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars.
Dressed in a suit and tie, Mathieson sat quietly behind a desk in the back of his lawyer’s office on Thursday and did not comment during the hearing.
He was later forced to make an embarrassing run to his vehicle alone before a group of angry media after Mr. Penno abandoned him at his office building.
Mathieson lived with Ms Gillard at the Lodge in Canberra when she was Prime Minister, but Gillard revealed in early 2022 that the couple had separated some time before.
If the matter is not resolved through diversion, Mathieson would be forced to enter a formal plea, which could result in him being convicted of the offense and facing a much harsher penalty.
Mathieson had been a hairdresser when he got together with Ms Gillard in 2004.
He has three children, and his daughter Sherri Mathieson once appeared on the reality show The Bachelor.
Tim Mathieson (right) has indicated he will admit to being a sex offender
Mathieson was photographed leaving his lawyer’s office on Thursday.
Tim Mathieson and Julia Gillard in happier times.
After Ms Gillard became Prime Minister in 2010, the couple became the first unmarried couple to live at The Lodge until she was ousted in a leadership spill in 2013.
Mathieson frequently accompanied the Prime Minister on engagements within Australia and on her official trips abroad.
During her time as the Prime Minister’s spouse, Mathieson did volunteer work for Kidney Health Australia, the Indigenous Diabetes Association and mental health group Beyond Blue.
He was also a patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, dedicated to encouraging men to come together and discuss problems in a comfortable setting.
Ms Gillard told the Adelaide Advertiser in March this year that she had parted ways with Mathieson more than a year ago, after a decade and a half together.
Despite declaring in 2011 that he wished to marry Ms. Gillard, the couple never married.