A Sunshine Coast man has been charged with criminal defamation after allegedly distributing flyers claiming his former sporting associate was a pedophile.
Police say the men had a falling out in November last year, and discontinued their sporting partnership.
It's alleged one of them retaliated by delivering flyers to homes in Tewantin containing his former's associate's name, address and accusations of pedophilia.
Police were notified after a member of the sports club gave the 70-year-old victim's wife a copy of the flyer.
Police charged a 67-year-old Tinbeerwah man with criminal defamation and ordered he face the Noosa Magistrates Court on July 9.
Officer in Charge of Noosa Police Station, Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll, said the victim and his family were devastated by the allegations shared amongst the tight-knit community.
"He now has the opportunity in court to clear his name and restore his reputation," he said.
© AAP 2019