In­de­cency will not stop coach

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LINDA SILMALIS

A FOR­MER prom­i­nent foot­ball player and se­lec­tor who was banned from work­ing with chil­dren af­ter in­de­cently as­sault­ing a fe­male wed­ding guest while drunk will be able to coach ju­nior rugby league.

The NSW Chil­dren’s Guardian banned the fa­therof-three from work­ing with chil­dren in July last year af­ter he pleaded guilty to an act of in­de­cency.

The NSW Civil and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Tri­bunal heard the for­mer player, who can­not be named, was a real es­tate agent while also work­ing as a league se­lec­tor since 2008.

The man had pleaded to one count of as­sault with an act of in­de­cency, which oc­curred in 2015, when he, the vic­tim and her hus­band had booked into a wed­ding venue.

While in bed with her hus­band, the vic­tim claimed she felt the man’s hand on her in­ner thigh and found he was ly­ing on the ground be­side her. The man later apol­o­gised. In ap­ply­ing for an en­abling or­der to al­low him to con­tinue work­ing as a coach, the tri­bunal was given ev­i­dence which con­firmed there had been no com­plaints or dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against him since be­com­ing a se­lec­tor.

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