Former counter-terror cop’s son faces court on sex charges
The son of a former SA Police counter-terrorism specialist, marksman and trainer of overseas security officers has faced court charged with sexually assaulting a minor.
Lucas Niera-Zaloumis appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court briefly on Tuesday morning as part of the committal process.
Niera-Zaloumis, 20, has yet to plead to one count of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 17 years of age.
Magistrate Simon Smart heard that prosecutors would be laying a new information against the 20-year-old which would not include a previous charge of engage in sexual intercourse with a person without consent.
Mr Smart allowed an adjournment of 12 weeks for the prosecution to finalise the case against Niera-Zaloumis.
In documents filed with the courts, prosecutors allege that Niera-Zaloumis had unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 17 in August 2019 in Adelaide.
He would have been 19 years old at the time of the offence.
Niera-Zaloumis' father, Danny Zaloumis, is a former member of SA Police's high-risk tactical operations and counter-terrorism operations sections.
On his curriculum vitae websites, he outlines his skills as a marksman with semiautomatic, fully-automatic and nonlethal weaponry.
He also details other roles performed during his 20-year police career prior to his departure in 2012, when he moved into the security industry training staff for work in Papua New Guinea.
Mr Zaloumis now works as a director of franchise development for A Unique Life Concept, which markets skincare and beauty products.
It is not suggested that Mr Zaloumis engaged in any alleged wrongdoing.
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