Australian tennis coach Nick Philippoussis will no longer have to stand trial on charges of child sexual assault after the case against him was dismissed.
The 68-year-old was arrested at his home in Mira Mesa in July last year and charged over the alleged rape of two nine-year-old girls in San Diego.
“Philippoussis works as a personal tennis coach in Northern San Diego County and the alleged molestation victims took tennis lessons from him,” Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said in a statement at the time of the arrest.
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After pleading not guilty to the charges, Philippoussis suffered a massive stroke in a US jail in November last year and has been “completely incapacitated” ever since.
It’s understood he will never recover to face trial, hence the judge dismissing the case at today’s hearing.
According to local media, the victim’s families have accepted the decision and are looking forward to having some closure.
A judge has dismissed child sexual assault charges against Australian tennis coach Nick Philippoussis because he’s too sick to stand trial. pic.twitter.com/C56z79jNqm
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