Former swim coach arrested over historical sexual abuse allegations relating to teen girls in the 1970s

Renowned swimming coach Dick Caine has been charged over the alleged sexual abuse of young teenage athletes he was training.

The 76-year-old was arrested at a home in Condell Park, in Sydney’s south-west, about 7am today and taken to Bankstown Police Station, where he was charged with nine offences.

The charges relate to the alleged abuse of two teenage students at a swim school at Carss Park, in Sydney’s south, in the 1970s.

Olympic swimming coach Dick Caine.
Olympic swimming coach Dick Caine. (Sydney Morning Herald)

The first report was made by a woman last January who said she was targeted while she was a student at a swim school in the mid-1970s.

Strike Force Coco was established by officers from Kings Cross and the investigation uncovered further allegations of another teenage girl being abused at the same swim school.

Acting Superintendent Chris Nicholson from NSW Police said police will allege the girls were aged 16 and 17 at the time of the alleged offences.

He said the alleged assaults took place “in a number of locations in and around the southern Sydney area”.

“I want to stress that these allegations are very serious but the investigation is ongoing,” Nicholson added.

Former Olympic swimming coach Dick Caine
Caine is facing nine charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of two teenage girls during the 1970s. (Fairfax Archive)

Caine has been charged with nine offences – six counts of carnal knowledge by a teacher of a girl aged 10-17, and three counts of indecent assault.

He has been refused bail and will face court later today.

Nicholson also spoke about the “courage and bravery” of the alleged victims, and had a message for other survivors.

“I would like to say to all survivors of sexual abuse living in our community that the NSW Police Force wants to listen to your story,” he said.

“What today should show is that whether the NSW Police Force receives an allegation of sexual violence that occurred yesterday, or last week, or last year or 50 years ago, that we will investigate all matters that come to our attention with our full potential and we will wrap our full support around victim-survivors as they tell their story.”

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