Trial of Aussie Coach Begins

MELBOURNE, May 2. THE long-delayed trial of highly-rated Australian swim coach Mark Thompson finally got underway yesterday at a preliminary hearing before Judge Felicity Broughton in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Thompson, the 36 year-old coach of Olympian Brooke Hanson, was accused of having committed 21 child sex offenses, including "10 counts of sexual penetration of a child aged under 16 and 11 counts of committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16."

The head coach of the Nunawading Swimming Club, Thompson coached Hanson to a silver medal in the 100 meters breaststroke at the 2004 Athens Olympics and to a spectacular five gold medal performance at the 2004 Short Course World Championships in Indianapolis. Upon his arrest, he took a leave of absence from his coaching position.

Thompson's arrest last year on the child sex charges shocked the Australian swimming community.

The hearing will continue this week.

Comments Off on Trial of Aussie Coach Begins

Author: Archive Team

avatar

Current Swimming World Issue


Trouble Viewing on Smart Phones, Tablets or iPads? Click Here