Volkers dedicated to face trial in Qld

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

The prominent instructor is facing five counts of indecent treatment of girls under the age of 16.

Volkers is accused of indecently dealing with two girls in the northern Brisbane suburbs of Aspley and Bald Hills during the 1980s.

The swimming coach appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday where he was committed to stand trial.

He did not enter a plea and made no comment as he left.

Alleged victim Julie Gilbert, who gave permission to be identified, said outside court it had been an exciting but hard day.

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

“We’ve finally been given that opportunity.”

Child protection advocate Hetty Johnston, who has been supporting the alleged victims, said they were looking forward to the trial.

“The courage and the bravery that they’ve shown to be so tenacious and to still be here … is just incredible,” she said.

Volkers was originally charged in 2002 but the allegations were later dropped.

Queensland’s child abuse and sexual crime group reopened the case in 2017 following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

Two of the officers assigned to Volkers’ case were cross-examined during Friday’s hearing.

The court heard police tried to get information from former swimmers at the centres about, among other things, if there were any saunas and whether they received massages.

Volkers will stand trial in the Brisbane District Court at a later date.

© AAP 2018

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