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Swim coach Scott Volkers, charged with indecent treatment of a child, allowed to keep passport

by ZwemZa on November 13th, 2017
Photo: Mr Volkers appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning. (ABC News: Kylie Bartholomew)

Photo: Mr Volkers appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning. (ABC News: Kylie Bartholomew)

Swim coach Scott Volkers has had his bail conditions revised, allowing him to keep his passport, at a hearing in a Queensland court over five indecent treatment of a child charges.

Mr Volkers appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning after police arrested the 59-year-old last month.

The revised bail conditions allow him to keep his passport to travel to South Africa to undertake consultant coaching next month.

Mr Volkers was not required to enter a plea and will not be required to appear when his case is next mentioned on November 27.

His lawyer, Penny White, said Mr Volkers had travelled overseas twice in the last 12 months since being made aware charges were likely.

Ms White said Mr Volkers had been coaching in Brazil since 2016 and had never failed to appear in court.

She agreed with the no-contact provisions in the bail conditions but requested Mr Volkers not have to surrender his passport so he could travel overseas for employment.

During the bail hearing, the magistrate told the court the case had a lengthy history of more than 30 years and Mr Volkers was not a flight risk.

Mr Volkers coached Australian stars Susie O’Neill and Samantha Riley, although there is no suggestion that either one of them is the victim in this case.

He was employed by Swimming Australia and Swimming Queensland until 2010.

Jo Skinner

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