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Accused Australian cycling coach headed to trial

Rick Lee, a 51 year-old Australian cycling coach living in Pennsylvania, will head to trial on charges of rape, statutory rape, burglary, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure following a preliminary hearing in Northampton County court on Wednesday according to The Morning Call.

During the hearing, charges of trespassing and burglary were dropped. Lee reportedly met online the 15 year-old victim, who was posing as a 19 year-old college student and emergency room nurse.

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.