Charged Volk­ers al­lowed to go over­seas

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

FOR­MER top swim­ming coach Scott Volk­ers has been given per­mis­sion to travel over­seas to coach de­spite be­ing charged with five child sex of­fence charges.

Volk­ers, who had coached Olympians Sa­man­tha Reilly and Susie O’Neill, faced five counts of in­de­cent treat­ment of a girl un­der 16 when he ap­peared briefly in Ma­roochy­dore Mag­is­trates Court.

The court was told the charges dated back more than 30 years.

His lawyer said he had al­ready faced court on the charges 13 years ago, they had been dropped and a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion in the Supreme Court did not go ahead.

Four of yes­ter­day’s charges re­lated to al­leged in­de­cent treat­ment of one girl from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber 1984 and again in Jan­uary 1985 at As­p­ley and a sec­ond girl at Bald Hills, be­tween De­cem­ber 1987 and Jan­uary 1988.

Volk­ers’ lawyer Penny White told the court the coach had been told that pros­e­cu­tors were look­ing at charges as early as last year and he had re­turned from Brazil de­spite this.

Mag­is­trate Rod Madsen ad­journed the case to Bris­bane on Novem­ber 27.

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