Philip­pous­sis dad on child sex counts

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

THE fa­ther of for­mer Aussie ten­nis ace Mark Philip­pous­sis has been ar­rested on child sex abuse charges in the US.

Niko­laos Philip­pous­sis, 68, al­legedly mo­lested two mi­nors who took lessons from him, au­thor­i­ties in San Diego said.

Few other de­tails have been pro­vided but San Diego Sher­iff’s Depart­ment’s Lieu­tenant Greg Ry­laars­dam said the charges in­clude lewd and las­civ­i­ous acts with chil­dren.

“He didn’t know we were com­ing,” Lt Ry­laars­dam said.

A search war­rant was ex­e­cuted on the home where Philip­pous­sis lives in the sub­urb of Mira Mesa but au­thor­i­ties de­clined to say if com­put­ers or other prop­erty were seized.

The al­leged vic­tims were aged un­der 14, but Lt Ry­laars­dam would not de­tail how young they were or if they were boys or girls.

Philip­pous­sis worked as a per­sonal ten­nis coach in neigh­bour­hoods north of San Diego and de­tec­tives haven’t ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of more al­leged vic­tims com­ing for­ward.

Philip­pous­sis was last night be­ing held in San Diego Cen­tral Jail on $ 3.1 mil­lion bail.

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