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Sydney swim school to introduce ‘additional safety measures’ after teacher accused of child sex abuse
A Sydney North Shore swimming school that allowed a teacher to keep his job following complaints of "inappropriate holds" nine months before he was arrested on child sex charges has committed to change its child safety policy.
Aquatic Leisure Management, which operates the Ezyswim branded swim school at the Mosman Swim Centre, made the announcement following revelations in the Manly Local Court on Wednesday that it had allowed Kyle Daniels to remain employed as a casual swimming instructor despite complaints by a parent.
The Court heard that in August last year, a parent complained of an "inappropriate hold" used by Daniels.
He retained his job, "under supervision", until he was arrested on charges of sexually abusing two young girls, 6 and 8, last week.
In the intervening week, six more alleged victims have complained to NSW Police.
It is understood that the police's case does not rely exclusively on testimony from the alleged victims, but also on CCTV.
Daniel is facing 31 charges of child sexual abuse relating to eight girls under the age of 10, whom he was teaching to swim.
Daniels' barrister said his client strongly denies the charges.
Ezyswim, which also runs swimming lessons at Lindfield and Bankstown, today released a statement saying it was "introducing additional safety measures" in light of what it called the "horrific" allegations.
The statement advised “safety procedures at Mosman Swim Centre adopt best practice in swimming pool management.
"However, in light of these horrific claims involving a former instructor at the centre, we are introducing additional safety measures that go over and beyond industry practice, so parents can be assured children are as safe as possible. As part of this, our teachers are participating in additional Child Protection & Safety education through Swimming Australia.
"We are also ensuring there is an additional pool deck supervisor on duty.
"We have also provided counselling services for the team here as they are naturally distressed by the alleged events involving a former colleague."
Daniels was released from Emu Plains' Amber Laurel Correctional Centre on Wednesday afternoon after his parents posted a $100,000 surety.
His bail conditions include daily reporting to Manly Police station, not going to pools or beaches and surrendering his passport.
Publisher's note: Aquatic Leisure Management is, like this publication, sometimes referred to by the acronym ALM. We would like to highlight that have no links with Aquatic Leisure Management, and have never previously had, any business or formal involvement with Aquatic Leisure Management.
Image: The swim school at the Mosman Swim Centre. Image used for illustrative purposes only.
15th March 2019 - Sydney swim teacher charged over sexual abuse of young girls
13th February 2019 - Sport Australia welcomes creation of new integrity agency
26th September 2018 - Man charged over alleged sexual assault at Adelaide Aquatic Centre
13th November 2017 - Charged with indecency, swim coach Scott Volkers allowed to keep passport
16th September 2016 - YMCA Australia issues public apology to past victims of sexual abuse
5th April 2016 - Royal Commission told that cricket coach abused boys for years
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