Volkers to face sex abuse trial
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.