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Swim coach charged with child sexual abuse offenses from 1970s

Dick Caine

Former Olympic swimming coach Dick Caine arrested from his home this morning for sexual abuse of minors in the 1970s. Photo: NSW Police


A former swimming coach in South Sydney was charged today over the alleged sexual abuse of two young girls in the 1970s. Police arrested the 76-year-old man this morning from his home in Condell Park, after extensive inquiries into the alleged abuse were carried out by a strike team.

The man has been identified as Dick Caine, a former Olympic swimming coach who was said to be training the girls at a swim school in Carss Park at the time of the abuse.

“We will allege [Dick Caine] was the coach of the young girls at the time of the alleged offending,” Acting Superintendent Chris Nicholson said in a statement to the media.

Former swim coach charged with 9 offenses 

Caine has been charged six counts of carnal knowledge teacher of girl aged 10-17, and the other three assault female and commit act of indecency, aged between 14-16. He was taken to Bankstown police station, and has been refused bail.

Dick Caine

Dick Caine under arrest at Bankstown Police station. Photo: NSW Police

The investigation into the assault began in January of 2021, when police officers at the Kings Cross Police Area Command were alerted about alleged abuse against one young girl, and formed Strike Team Coco to investigate the claims.

NSW Police say that following investigation by the strike force, more information on another alleged abuse was found. The investigations by Strike Force Coco are ongoing, police say.

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