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Ex-NRL player's grope 'brazen': judge

A former NRL player found guilty of groping a female casino worker while celebrating Queensland winning the 2017 State of Origin decider has avoided going to jail.

Nathan Sologinkin, 41, denied touching the woman on the vagina on the outside of her clothing in the crowded Treasury Casino in Brisbane on July 13, 2017.

But Brisbane District Court Judge Jennifer Rosengren on Wednesday sentenced Sologinkin to four months in prison, wholly suspended for 12 months, after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault.

Judge Rosengren said the sexual assault had been brief, spontaneous and opportunistic but was "brazen" and committed against a young woman in the course of her work.

"It is imperative in our community that all women irrespective of their age and their work feel that they can go about earning a living without being sexually assaulted as the complainant was here," Judge Rosengren said.

She said that she had taken into account the nature and circumstances of the offence, Sologinkin's lack of remorse and the impact of the offending on the victim.

A conviction was recorded.

The father of three played first grade rugby league between 1997 and 2003, with stints at the South Queensland Crushers, Canberra Raiders, Canterbury Bulldogs and Melbourne Storm.

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