The following is a statement from St Kilda president Greg Westaway:

The Board of the St Kilda Football Club met last night following advice that Victoria Police had charged Stephen Milne relating to alleged conduct dating back to 2004.

The Board acknowledges this is a most serious matter, one that is distressing to all the parties involved.

It also recognises that the extended timeframe of the matter and the complexities of the issues involved, make it without precedent.

In considering the matter the Board has been mindful of the rights and obligations of everyone impacted.

Based on this the Board has resolved that in the best interests of all parties concerned, and the duty of care the Club has to Stephen and his family, Stephen will remain a listed player but will take a leave of absence from playing for an indefinite period. 

The St Kilda Football Club respects that this matter is now before the Courts. As a consequence we won't be making any further comment at this time.