Former Melbourne, Australia coach Anthony Ronald O’Donnell appeared before the Victorian County Court on Monday, March 27th to appeal his convictions for 2 counts of indecent assault against a former swim student. As reported last year, O’Donnell pleaded ‘not guilty’ to 3 charges in December of 2015, which included indecent acts toward a child under 16. At the time it was reported that O’Donnell would visit the girl at her home to discuss her swimming performance. O’Donnell is accused of creating a bizarre system of punishments that included the “tickle torture” and spanking the girl’s bare bottom.
Australian media reports that O’Donnell admitted to tickling the girl swim student, but he denied to police the alleged assault for which he was charged. The coach was sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid work and 2-year community corrections order, but O’Donnell is now appealing that decision, per The Australian Associated Press.