Former tennis star Mark Philippoussis' dad on molestation charges

Former tennis star Mark Philippoussis' dad on molestation charges

The father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis has been arrested on child abuse charges in the United States.

The 68-year-old worked as a personal tennis coach in North County, according to SDSO, and the alleged victims had taken tennis lessons from him.

Sheriff's Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam says Philippoussis was booked into jail on a dozen counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, and two counts of committing sexual acts with a child younger than 10 years old. Details about the cases, including the victims' ages and where the alleged crimes occurred, were not immediately available.

Bail for Nick has been set at US$2.5 million (AU$3.15 million) and the investigation is ongoing.

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Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, is expected to be formally charged on Wednesday.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Child Abuse Unit went to the coach's house around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

He reached the finals of the US Open in 1998, where he lost to Pat Rafter, and Wimbledon in 2003, where he lost to Roger Federer.

Philippoussis is the father of retired Australian professional tennis player Mark Philippoussis, who has participated in a couple San Diego Aviators competitions this season.

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