10 February 2021

Police say more child sex charges likely in AFL coach case

| Albert McKnight
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ACT Law Courts

Stephen James Porter appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

A Canberra junior AFL coach accused of child sex crimes could face more charges after police told the ACT Magistrates Court they had identified another victim.

Stephen James Porter, 50, of Macgregor appeared before the court yesterday (8 February) on 17 charges relating to child sex offences.

These include three counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 16, two counts related to using a child for the production of child exploitation material and eight counts of possessing child exploitation material.

The prosecutor sought a two-week adjournment saying police had identified a potential fourth alleged victim and he was waiting to hear if further charges would be laid.

The prosecutor expected the matter to be committed to trial at the next occasion it appears in the courts.

Mr Porter, dressed in a blue and white chequered shirt, blue jeans and with greying hair, did not speak during the hearing.

Magistrate James Lawton adjourned the matter to 22 February and continued Mr Porter’s bail.

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