The lawyer for a cheerleading coach accused of child sex offences has said he believes the allegations arose from “jealous rivalry” between two cheerleading squads.
- The woman will plead not guilty to the charge, her lawyer said
- She is aged in her early 20s and the offences allegedly occurred before 2017
- She was arrested last month and charged with persistent sexual exploitation
The accused woman, aged in her early 20s, has today faced the Adelaide Magistrates Court.
She was arrested last month and charged with one count of persistent sexual exploitation, but cannot be named for legal reasons.
The alleged offending occurred between 2015 and 2017, and allegedly involved several acts of inappropriate touching, as well as the alleged perpetrator showing videos to the victim.
Outside court, her lawyer Craig Caldicott said his client would be pleading not guilty.
Mr Caldicott said he was waiting on details from police but said his client would defend the charges arguing the matter arose from conflict between rival squads.
“There was a switching of clubs and the allegations came out after the new club had been formed,” Mr Caldicott said.
“It appears as though there may have been jealous rivalry that happened.
“She is on my instructions pleading not guilty to the charges.
“It will be strongly contested and hard fought.”
Mr Caldicott said the allegations “appeared to go back a long way”.
He said the defendant was very upset by the allegations which were a “huge issue” and interfered with her being able to work.
The matter will return to court in July.