Scientology figure charged again

Sydney, Australia - An international Church of Scientology figure accused of coaching a child to lie about sex abuse has been charged for a second time.

Janice Meyer, 57, appeared in a Sydney court in June last year accused of perverting the course of justice in 1985.

The allegation was that Meyer, who also goes by the name Jan Eastgate, threatened and intimidated an 11-year-old girl into providing false information to police about being abused by a Scientologist.

A court spokesman said another offence relating to perverting the course of justice was heard at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday.

The matter will be back in court on April 24 and a two-day committal hearing will begin on May 15.

Meyer is an Australian citizen who has lived in the US since 1993.

During her first court appearance, her bail was relaxed so she could travel to California.

Meyer holds a position with the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, an organisation founded by the Church of Scientology to campaign against psychiatry.