TOP SWIM COACH FOR TRIAL ON SEX CHARGES

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

PROM­I­NENT Aus­tralian swim­ming coach Scott Volk­ers has been com­mit­ted to stand trial over a string of his­tor­i­cal child sex of­fences.

Volk­ers ap­peared in Bris­bane Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day which or­dered the case go to a higher court. He did not en­ter a plea.

The for­mer top swim­ming coach is ac­cused of in­de­cently deal­ing with two girls un­der the age of 16 in the 1980s.

The five of­fences al­legedly oc­curred in the north­ern Bris­bane sub­urbs of As­p­ley and Bald Hills be­tween 1984 and 1988. One of the al­leged vic­tims, who gave per­mis­sion to be iden­ti­fied, said out­side court she had waited many years for this day.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing day. It’s a hard day. But we’re re­ally, re­ally look­ing for­ward to our chance to have our say,” she said.

Volk­ers was orig­i­nally charged in 2002 but the charges were later dropped. Queens­land’s child abuse and sex­ual crime group de­cided to re-pros­e­cute the case fol­low­ing the Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex Abuse in 2014.

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