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Sydney news: ‘Legendary’ swimming coach charged sexually assaulting teen girls has months to live

The wife of legendary Australian Olympic swimming coach Dick Caine says he has ‘six months’ to live after he was accused of allegedly sexually abusing teenage girls he trained more than 40 years ago.

Caine, 76, was arrested just after 7 a.m. Wednesday morning at his home in Sydney’s Condell Park.

He was taken to Bankstown Police Station, where he was charged with six charges of carnal knowledge teacher of a girl aged 10-17 and three charges of assaulting women and committing indecency – aged between 14 and 16.

Police allege that in the 1970s, Caine indecently and sexually assaulted two girls, ages 15 and 16, while he was their swimming coach.

Caine’s wife Jennifer told Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday that her husband was dying of cancer and had “maybe six months” to live.

“He has strokes, he has lung cancer, throat cancer. He has seizures, he has heart problems, he has a pacemaker,” she said.

Dick Caine (pictured) has been charged with alleged historical sexual abuse of teenage girls while he was their swim coach in Carrs Park more than 40 years ago

Dick Caine (pictured) has been charged with alleged historical sexual abuse of teenage girls while he was their swim coach in Carrs Park more than 40 years ago

Caine was head coach at Carss Park Swimming Pool in south Sydney for over 40 years before retiring in 2018.

In his 51-year association with the pool, he trained 17 Olympic and World Champion swimmers and numerous state and national champions, including Michelle Ford, Janelle Elford, Karen Phillips, Stacey Gartrell and Michellie Jones.

In January last year, NSW police received information about sexual and indecent assault allegations against teenage girls in the 1970s at a swimming school in Carss Park, south of the city.

As a result of the allegations, researchers uncovered more information about other alleged sexual abuse incidents involving another teenage girl at the same swim school, including in the 1970s.

Caine’s attorney Bryan Wrench filed for bail on Wednesday, saying he would “fight to his last breath” to ensure his name was cleared.

“Today the NSW police have charged an innocent man, a terminally ill man, with a crime that took place 46 years ago,” Mr Wrench said according to the police report. Telegraph

“He’s going to fight until his last breath to clear his name, it’s a terrible situation.”

Caine appeared in court via a video link in a gray hoodie, with his family saying they had been inundated with support from his former students.

The 'legendary' swimming coach was inducted into the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in March

The ‘legendary’ swimming coach was inducted into the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in March

The magistrate agreed to release him on $10,000 bail and must report to the police, noting that a backlog in the NSW District Court schedule meant his case would likely not be heard until after Caine passed away.

Police took note of the ‘brave’ alleged victims who have come forward against Caine and said their allegations were ‘concerning’.

“I want to recognize the courage and courage of the victims who have come forward in connection with this case,” Chief Inspector Chris Nicholson told media.

“It is never easy for a victim of sexual assault to come forward and tell their story to the police.”

“As I stand here today, I would like to say to all the victims of sexual abuse in our community that the NSW Police Department wants to hear your story.”

Prosecutors will allege that the abuse took place in ‘various locations’ in southern Sydney for about two years in the 1970s. They say the alleged victims were between the ages of 15 and 16 at the time of the abuse.

“We will investigate all matters that come to our attention with our full potential and we will give our full support to survivors of victims as they tell their stories,” Supt said. Nicholson said, calling on other alleged victims to come forward.

The pool and fitness facilities at Carrs Park, during Caine’s coaching time, were used by sports champions such as Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech and Sonny Bill Williams.

In March, Caine was inducted into the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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