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Another Two Men Accuse The Late Terry Buck of Sex Abuse


A FORMER first grade rugby league official yesterday claimed to be a victim of the late swimming coach Terry Buck.
The man was one of two more men to come forward yesterday after allegations that champion Olympic swimmer Greg Rogers was repeatedly abused by Buck from the age of 11.
The touch judge, who officiated at more than 220 first grade games, said he alerted a detective from the Child Protection Enforcement Agency about Buck nine years ago.
Detective Constable Genevieve Graham was a cousin of the man's wife and he told the officer over a family dinner that Buck attacked him near Revesby Pool when he was 14.
"Under the guise of giving me a lift home he tried to molest me. He said he'd give me two doughnuts if I let him play with me," the man said.
"He hemmed me into the car by pushing me up against the passenger-side door but I managed somehow to resist him."
His information triggered the formation of Strike Force Solano, which The Daily Telegraph can reveal suddenly stopped its investigation in 2001 on the orders of a high-ranking officer in NSW Crime Agencies.
The man said the mere sight of Buck during this week's revelations had been deeply disturbing.
"What happened has had a huge effect. It never leaves my mind. I get a sick feeling even when I see Buck. He's ruined a lot of people," he said.
"Every time I saw his face on the television I'd squirm, especially when they referred to him as some master of swimming - the big guru. He was nothing but a scumbag."
He supported the allegations of Greg Rogers, who provided Strike Force Detectives with a list of 29 other alleged victims, after they took a statement from the former rugby league official. "It's 100 per cent and the police asked me if I'd be prepared to give a statement and I said 'Come on let's go'," he said.
"I was willing to testify against Buck and was staggered when I was told by the detective who interviewed me that the police investigation wasn't going ahead.
"I said to the detective about six or seven months later, 'What's going on with this inquiry?'And he said: 'Someone higher than me says he's got no case to answer'."
A second man, who wanted be known only as "Stan", came forward yesterday to reveal he was a 15-year-old when Buck sexually assaulted him in the toilets at the Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club in 1965.
"It was real cold day and when nobody was around Buck pulled me towards the toilets and then started rubbing himself and pulled off my costume and started grabbing my backside," he said.
"I had no father to tell and I didn't go back to Clovelly beach for another nine months."
Stan confronted Buck about the abuse in the Clovelly Hotel in 1990 and said the coach chased him before a local character known as "Shades" broke them up.
"Buck just yelled at me and said 'Who'd believe you? You're a f. . .ing nobody'," he said.

The Daily Telegraph (11-12-2009)
Adam Walters


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Olympic 'Sex Victim' Greg Rogers Comes Forward


THE former Olympic swimmer who claims he and his brother were sexually abused by coach Terry Buck has gone public after others rubbished the possibility.
Greg Rogers won silver and gold at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and says he and his brother were abused as youngsters by Buck, who died in 2005 in a tractor accident.
He says police approached him about an attack on his brother.
"When I found out my brother, from the age of eight, was sodomised by this evil, evil liar I told the facts that happened to me,'' Mr Rogers told the Seven Network yesterday.
He said he witnessed others being abused by Buck but no one would back up his allegations so police could not press charges.
Police began investigating abuse allegations in 1998, and were handed a list of 29 other alleged victims, including four Olympic swimmers.
One was a celebrated gold medallist, and two surfing champions were on the list.
Strike Force Solano spent five months investigating the allegations after the Sydney Olympic Games, but the case was dropped in early 2001 because of insufficient evidence.
"I have personally watched him interfere with over 29, 30 people,'' Mr Rogers said.
He denied reports that a civil case he launched was settled out of court in Buck's favour.
But Mr Rogers did admit his allegations had cost him.
"Everywhere, I go in the swimming fraternity doors close on me,'' he said.
He told News Limited newspapers he had been first targeted by Buck as an 11-year-old at Clovelly Surf Club and that the abuse lasted for the next seven years.
But former swimmers under Buck's tutelage say they never witnessed any such behaviour and many said Buck was not capable of sexual abuse.
The revelation comes the day after Swimming Australia announced national head coach Alan Thompson was taking personal leave while an unrelated allegation of "inappropriate'' behaviour against him was investigated.

AAP (9-12-2009)



Olympic Swim Sex Abuse Scandal


AN OLYMPIC medallist has blown the lid on what he calls "child sex abuse cover-up" at the highest levels of Australian swimming which spanned 12 Olympic Games.
The former Australian swim team captain has spoken out in frustration after a police strike force set up to investigate allegations against the late coach Terry Buck was wound up in mysterious circumstances.
The explosive allegations were never destined to be made public until The Daily Telegraph began its own inquiries three months ago after a tip-off from a police informant involved in protecting children from predatory sporting coaches.
He put The Daily Telegraph in contact with an Olympic and Commonwealth medallist who had been approached by detectives to detail his own experiences as a victim. He co-operated with police, handing investigators a list of 29 other victims, three of whom had committed suicide.
Four Olympic swimmers, including a celebrated gold medallist, and two surfing champions were on the list.
Strike Force Solano spent five months investigating the allegations after the Sydney Olympic Games but was disbanded in April 2001 with little explanation despite the willingness of the swimmer, his younger brother and a third man to testify.
So secret was the inquiry that new Swimming Australia chief executive Kevin Neil said the organisation had no record of Strike Force Solano. But he said the nine-member Swimming Australia Board yesterday agreed to co-operate with any reopened investigation.
"Things need to be open and transparent," Mr Neil said. "Swimming Australia will provide any assistance to any authorities to investigate any allegations and ensure our child welfare policies are proactive and preventative.
"The board members were surprised and were unaware of any investigation until Thursday of last week. We've searched our archives and spoken to previous CEOs and there was no knowledge of it."
Still deeply disturbed by the depth and pain of his disclosures, the whistleblower is demanding police reopen the investigation. "I poured my soul out to them and then there was nothing. They dropped me like a hot cake," he said.
A spokesman for Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has confirmed the original brief was not forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions, even though senior detectives had "no doubt" about the honesty and integrity of those making the allegations.
"The leading investigator Inspector Peter Yeomans had every sympathy for [the man]. He absolutely believed everything he said," the spokesman said.
The commissioner's office said the decision to end the investigation was based on four short lines of advice from the police legal affairs branch in early 2001.
"There is insufficient evidence to charge at this time in relation to the allegations made. The deciding matters in this case were the state of evidence. That is the age of the evidence, inconsistencies in the evidence and the failure of other victims to come forward. All of these matters were beyond control of the victims," the advice said.
In a carefully worded written statement to The Daily Telegraph, Insp Yeomans said police could not force other victims to co-operate with his strike force.
"In this matter, like many others of a similar nature, some of those interviewed simply did not want to give any information or be involved in the investigation as a witness or a possible victim," he said. "Generally, it is a highly personal decision for anyone to pursue criminal charges against those who have sexually assaulted them, whether historically or recently.
Many prefer to deal with it through other courses of action, such as counselling. Others do not want to re-live the trauma at all."
Terry Buck died in 2005 after a tractor accident. The praise at Buck's funeral was glowing but the police informant who initiated inquiries in 1998 tells a sordid story about Buck's involvement in "the dark side" of the sport.
Fearing repercussions for his children, who swim competitively, the gold medallist has told The Daily Telegraph he wants to protect his identity after being "left high and dry" by the police. He tells a harrowing story of being targeted by Buck as an 11-year-old at the Clovelly Surf Club, and assaulted for the following seven years.
A detailed statement from his lawyer said he has since suffered depression, loss of libido, emotional distress, humiliation, headaches, shock, anxiety and mood swings.
"I was all set to testify but the police pulled the plug on the whole thing," he said. In detailing the impact of the swimmer's disclosures to police, a psychologist's report noted "symptoms of mental disturbance".
He then prepared civil action , but the cost of "going it alone" was prohibitive, and within two years Buck was dead.

The Daily Telegraph (7-12-2009)
Adam Walters



Olympian Says Shelved Child Abuse Inquiry Hit Highest Level


AN OLYMPIC medallist has blown the lid off what he calls a "child sex abuse cover-up" spanning 13 Olympiads at the highest levels of Australian swimming.
The former Australian swim team member has spoken out in frustration after a police strike force set up to investigate allegations against the late high-profile coach Terry Buck was wound up in mysterious circumstances.
The explosive allegations were never destined to be made public until a tip-off three months ago from a police informant involved in protecting children from predatorial sporting coaches.
He revealed an Olympic and Commonwealth medallist had been approached by detectives to detail his own experiences as a victim.
He co-operated fully with police, handing investigators a list of 29 other victims, three of whom had committed suicide.
A total of four Olympic swimmers, including a celebrated Gold medallist and two surfing champions, were on the list.
Strike Force Solano spent five months investigating the allegations immediately after the Sydney Olympic Games but was disbanded in April 2001 with little explanation despite the willingness of the swimmer, his younger brother and a third man to testify.
So secret was the inquiry that new Swimming Australia chief executive Kevin Neil said the organisation had no record of Strike Force Solano. But he said the nine-member Swimming Australia Board yesterday agreed to co-operate with any reopened investigation.
The whistleblower is now demanding that police reopen the investigation.
A spokesman for the NSW Police Commissioner has confirmed the original brief was not forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions, even though senior detectives had "no doubt" about the honesty and integrity of those making the allegations. The Strike Force operated secretly and police made no appeals to the public for information to help their inquires.
The commissioner's office said the decision to end the investigation was based on advice from the police legal affairs branch in early 2001.
"There is insufficient evidence to charge at this time in relation to the allegations made. The deciding matters in this case were the state of evidence. That is the age of the evidence, inconsistencies in the evidence and the failure of other victims to come forward. All of these matters were beyond control of the victims," the advice said.
Terry Buck died in 2005 after a tractor accident

AAP (6-12-2009)
Adam Walters





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