Graeme John Brown

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Former swimming coach Graeme John Brown loses appeal

  • August 06, 2009 3:13PM

A FORMER swim coach’s appeal against his conviction for indecently assaulting a young swimmer in the 1970s has been dismissed.

The Court of Criminal Appeal today dismissed former Burnside head swim coach Graeme John Brown’s appeal against his conviction.

He had argued he was found guilty by “inconsistent and scant evidence”.

In March a District Court jury found the 68-year-old, who is serving a minimum 10-month sentnece, guilty of indecently assaulting a swimmer at a drive-in between 1977 and 1979.

At the time of the incident Brown as 36 and his victim was aged between 14 and 15.

The jury had also acquitted Brown of one count of unlawful sexual intercourse – an offence the complainant had claimed occurred at the coach’s home.

Brown’s laywer Stephen Apps had argued the jury’s verdicts were inconsistent.

Justices Tom Gray, Ann Vanstone and Trish Kelly today handed down their judgement which found the jury’s verdict were consistent.

“In my opinion the verdicts are not inconsistent,”Justive Vanstone said.

“There were good reasons why the jury might have discriminated between the two counts in their evaluation of the prosecution case.”

Swimming coach Graeme John Brown jailed over indecent assault

  • March 23, 2009 1:24PM

A DECORATED Adelaide swimming coach has been jailed for having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in the late 1970s.

Graeme John Brown, 68, was found guilty by a District Court jury of indecently assaulting the young swimmer at a drive-in between 1977 and 1979, Adelaide Now reports.

Brown was about 36 at the time and the victim was aged between 14 and 15.

Brown, who was head coach of Burnside Swimming Club for many years, denied having an affair with the girl and pleaded not guilty at trial,

The jury convicted Brown of one count of indecent assault but acquitted him of one count of unlawful sexual intercourse because prosecutors could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that certain acts happened before the girl’s 17th birthday.

Chief Judge Terry Worthington said the conviction had ruined Brown’s reputation as a decorated and successful swimming coach.

“You have coached at national and international level and have held office in the national association of coaches. Swimmers you have coached have competed in the Olympic Games,” he said.

“There is no doubt that even the bringing of these charges effectively put an end to your coaching career. The dismantling of that career, and your reputation, is now complete with this conviction.”


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  1. punky says:

    Any reports on a John wright from chandler

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