Volk­ers to face sex abuse trial

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - VANESSA MARSH

PROM­I­NENT Aus­tralian swim­ming coach Scott Alexan­der Volk­ers has been com­mit­ted to stand trial over a se­ries of child-sex charges dat­ing back to the mid 1980s.

Volk­ers yes­ter­day faced a hear­ing in the Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court where a mag­is­trate de­cided there was enough ev­i­dence for his case to be com­mit­ted for trial in the Dis­trict Court.

Volk­ers is ac­cused of in­de­cently deal­ing with two fe­male swim­ming stu­dents he coached who were un­der the age of 16 on dates be­tween 1984 and 1985 at lo­ca­tions in Bris­bane, in­clud­ing As­p­ley and Bald Hills.

He is fac­ing five counts of in­de­cent treat­ment of a child un­der the age of 16.

Volk­ers has pre­vi­ously coached sports su­per­stars in­clud­ing Susie O’Neill and Sa­man­tha Ri­ley. Nei­ther of those swim­mers is in­volved in the case.

Volk­ers still works in the in­dus­try and last year had his bail var­ied to al­low him to go to South Africa for coach­ing con­sul­tant work.

Out­side court, one of the al­leged vic­tims said she was pleased with the re­sult.

“We’ve waited 15 years for this day and all we’ve ever wanted is our day in court and fi­nally we’ve been given that op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing day, it’s a hard day but we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to hav­ing our chance to have our say.”

Volk­ers was charged with sim­i­lar of­fences in 2002 but they were later dropped.

Re-pros­e­cu­tion of the case was pur­sued fol­low­ing the Royal Com­mis­sion into In­sti­tu­tional Re­sponses to Child Sex Abuse in 2014.

Volk­ers did not en­ter any plea at the com­mit­tal men­tion and a trial date is yet to be set.

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