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Australian swim coach Scott Volkers charged with sex abuse

Disgraced Australian swimming coach Scott Volkers has been arrested on historic child sex offences.

The 59-year-old was arrested at his Queensland home on Friday morning by detectives from the child abuse and sexual crime group.

He was charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child.

Volkers had recently arrived back in the country after a coaching stint in Brazil. 

 

Disgraced Australian swimming coach Scott Volkers (pictured) was arrested on historic child sex offences on Friday morning

The 59-year-old was arrested at his Queensland home by detectives from the child abuse and sexual crime group

The 59-year-old was arrested at his Queensland home by detectives from the child abuse and sexual crime group

The former Olympic swimming coach, who was training Australian swim squads until 2010, told 9 News the charges were ‘the same old stuff’.

‘Fifteen years I’ve been subject to this. It’s not their [the police] fault, it’s just their job,’ he told reporters. 

The 59-year-old claims he has been victimised and said he will fight the charges. 

Volkers was previously investigated by police for alleged sexual abuse in the 1980s, accused of sexually abusing three swimmers, aged between 12 and 14.

Volkers was taken to a nearby police station and charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child

Volkers was taken to a nearby police station and charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child

Volkers was previously investigated by police for alleged sexual abuse in the 1980s, before the charges were dropped in 2002

Volkers was previously investigated by police for alleged sexual abuse in the 1980s, before the charges were dropped in 2002

Volkers, who previously coached Samantha Riley and Susie O'Neill to major titles and world records in the 1990s, is banned from working with children in Australia

Volkers, who previously coached Samantha Riley and Susie O’Neill to major titles and world records in the 1990s, is banned from working with children in Australia

Those charges were dropped by the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions in 2002.

Volkers, who previously coached Australian stars Samantha Riley and Susie O’Neill to major titles and world records in the 1990s, is banned from working with children in Australia.

The former coach was reportedly dumped from the 2016 Rio Olympics team after the president of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, appealed for the swim coach to be banned from the event.   

He will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 13 to face the latest charges of child sex offences. 

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