Spotlight on child sex abuse in Swimming Australia

Read for instance SBS and The Guardian

The response of the Directors of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Queensland and New South Wales to sexual abuse allegations against former Olympic swimming coach Scott Volkers will come under scrutiny next month at the royal commission into child abuse.

Swimming Australia will also come under the spotlight when the commission examines how senior swimming officials dealt with allegations of child abuse against Volkers and another high-profile Olympic coach, Terry Buck.

Volkers was charged in 2002 with seven counts of indecent dealing against three girls he coached during the 1980s. He denied the allegations.

Queensland’s DPP dropped the charges five months later, after Volkers’ legal team claimed new evidence it had obtained proved the veteran coach’s innocence.


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