AN INTERNATIONAL swimming coach accused of child sex offences will again be able to travel overseas for work.

Scott Volkers, 59 - who coached the likes of Susie O'Neill and Samantha Riley - was charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child after his arrest late last month.

As part of his watch house bail Volkers had to surrender his passport, but this was overturned in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning.

Laywer Penny White told the court her client's charges - which date back between 30 and 33 years - had a "complicated background", as Volkers had first been charged with the offences in 2002 before they were dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions just months later.

Scott Volkers leaving the Maroochydore Courthouse. Volkers is charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child.
Scott Volkers leaving the Maroochydore Courthouse. Volkers is charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child. Chloe Lyons


Following a Royal Commission in 2014 and a police investigation, Volkers was again charged in 2016.

Ms White said Volkers knew the DPP was considering pressing charges a year before he was arrested, but in that time coached overseas and still returned despite the matters hanging over his head.

She also argued when Volkers was charged in 2002, he didn't have to hand in his passport.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Nick Nitschke opposed Volkers being given back his passport, but this was rejected by magistrate Ron Madsen who struck the condition from the bail.

The only condition Volkers will now be subject to is a no-contact provision.

The matters have been adjourned to Brisbane on November 27 with Volkers not required to attend.



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