A roller derby competitor has sexually assaulted and bitten teammates during a wild, naked hot tub after-party right before Christmas.
Jennifer Marie Petersen, 31, of Gladstone Park – 15kms northwest of Melbourne – was drunk when she attacked her roller derby teammates.
She faces up to 10 years in prison for her debaucherous antics, which went from consensual kissing to full-on, aggressive sexual assaults.
Jennifer Marie Petersen, 31, of Gladstone Park bit teammates on the neck during a wild, naked hot tub party in Brunswick. She faces up to 10 years in jail
Jennifer Marie Petersen had been celebrating with her roller derby teammates when she sexually assaulted them (stock image of roller derby)
The County Court of Victoria heard Peterson was a D-grade player in an elite team of A_grade roller girls who had celebrated the end of the season at a Fitzroy pub on December 4, 2016.
The celebration had been a joint awards night and Christmas party, which ended at a teammate’s house.
Peterson had been drinking since midday by the time the party moved to the rear of a Brunswick property where the girls in attendance stripped off.
There, Peterson participated in drinking games and a game of ‘truth, dare or pash’ with her naked teammates in one of the two hot tubs.
Her first victim hardly knew Peterson.
The court heard the woman ‘pashed’ several teammates before Peterson began to straddle her.
The woman pushed Peterson off her repeatedly before the player began to berate her.
‘You aren’t good enough to be in the A-team,’ she moaned.
Peterson continued to claim her victim had only been elevated to the top team because of her connections.
Jennifer Marie Petersen bit her teammates on the neck and upper body during wild attacks in hot tubs (stock image)
Her other teammates jumped out of the spa and continued to dance naked around the place.
Once alone, Peterson attacked, launching herself onto her hapless victim and biting her on the neck and upper body.
The woman kissed Peterson in the hope she would stop biting her but she continued to grope at her.
The court heard Peterson forcefully touched the woman’s genitals as she tried to struggle free.
‘Aw C’mon,’ Peterson complained.
She then berated her victim again before consoling her when she broke down in tears.
Not content, Peterson then jumped into the other hot tub where she sexually assaulted her first victim’s partner.
She then tried to kiss another teammate, who had not even had a drink.
Peterson then grabbed her genitals.
When friends asked her to leave, Peterson refused.
Police caught up with the roller girl just days before Christmas where she refused to co-operate.
Jennifer Marie Petersen, 31, of Gladstone Park will be sentenced next week over her outrageous antics at a roller derby after-party
Text messages taken from her phone revealed Peterson was aware she had ‘pashed’ some girls, but she couldn’t remember who or how many.
One of her victims told the court she had been left traumatised by Peterson’s attack.
The woman said she felt she had been taken advantage of and had since struggled with self-confidence, self-esteem, shame and helplessness.
Peterson’s barrister, Julian McMahon, SC, described the offences as an ‘unusual event’.
He told Judge Gavan Meredith that the house party had been ‘tactile’ with a lot of naked bodies in spa baths, naked dancing and girls kissing.
‘It’s clear her abuse of alcohol has led her to commit these offences,’ he said.
He asked Judge Meredith to release his client on a community corrections order and not convict her in the hope she could continue working with children as a swim coach.
He said the charges had seen her lose friends and her job. ‘You could hardly punish her more than she’s already been punished,’ Mr McMahon said.
‘I’m not so sure of that Mr McMahon,’ Judge Meredith replied.
Crown prosecutor Kevin Doyle said while the evening may have been ‘sexualised’, it also had boundaries.
‘They felt they were in a safe space … boundaries were crossed,’ he said.
Peterson will be sentenced next week.