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Sydney swimming instructor charged with 28 extra child sex abuse offences

Sydney swimming instructor charged with 28 extra child sex abuse offences
March 21, 2019

A 20-year-old swimming instructor has been accused of sexually assaulting eight young girls during lessons at the Mosman Swim Centre on Sydney's north shore has been granted bail by a magistrate.

After initially being charged with sexually abusing two young girls last week, Kyle Daniels now faces more than 30 charges.

He was last week charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child and having sexual intercourse with a child in February.

Those alleged victims were aged six and eight when they were attacked on separate occasions during lessons at the Mosman Council owned facility.

NSW Police yesterday (20th March) charged Daniels with an additional 28 offences relating to six girls aged between six and 10.

The offences allegedly occurred at the pool between June 2018 and March 2019.

The fresh charges include eight counts of sexual intercourse with a child, six counts of intentionally sexually touching a child and 14 counts of indecent assault against a person under 16.

The South African-born swimming teacher and Sydney University sports science student was arrested at his parents' Balgowlah home last week.

Manly Local Court Magistrate Daniel Reiss yesterday granted Daniels bail ahead of his trial under strict conditions including he surrender his passport, report to Manly Police Station daily and have no contact with children under the age of 16.

In yesterdays' successful bail application, Manly Local Court heard that a parent made a complaint last August about Daniels' "inappropriate holds" when teaching her young daughter to swim.

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, the Court heard that he was allowed to remain employed as a casual swimming instructor at the swim school.

A 'customer feedback' form read out in Court, advised "in recent weeks we have observed some unorthodox hands-on instruction. Do not hold children close to groin or chest area
Magistrate Daniel Reiss stated "some of the sexual intercourse allegations occurred after (complaint while he was) being supervised and handled by the employer."

While Mosman Council owns the pool it is "leased, managed and operated" by swim school operator Aquatic Leisure Management.

The accused's barrister, Todd Alexis, said it was "improbable" that a "young man like Mr Daniels" would commit such a serious offence in a public swimming complex.

However, the Magistrate responded "we have a cardinal that's now in jail; that was improbable.

"The nature of these matters are that they are improbable, and surprising people who are otherwise seen to be people of character."

Daniels will strongly deny the allegations, his barrister advised.

NSW Police advised that Daniels’ employment with the swim school has been suspended and investigations are continuing.

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.

Images: Kyle Daniels (top, supplied) and the Mosman Swim Centre (below).

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