Warning: This post features details of alleged child sexual abuse that could be triggering for some readers.
1. A 20yo NSW swim teacher has been charged over sexual abuse of two young girls.
A 20-year-old swimming instructor accused of molesting two girls during swimming lessons did not apply for bail when his case was briefly mentioned in a Sydney court.
Kyle James Henk Daniels is charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years and one count of having sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.
“It’s alleged one of the incidents occurred inside the pool,” Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec told a media conference, news.com.au reported.
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“We’ll allege that they occurred over two separate days probably about a week and a half apart.”
Daniels was arrested on Tuesday and bail was formally refused on Wednesday at Manly Local Court. The case is scheduled to return to court on March 20.
He had been an instructor at a lower north shore swim school for two years and had previously attended Sydney’s prestigious Knox Grammar School.
Investigations began after the girls – aged six and eight – told their parents of the alleged sexual assaults, which are alleged to have happened in February.
Detective Superintendent Kerlatec praised the girl’s bravery.
“These young, brave kids put their hands up to mum and dad and said ‘something happened’, that is exceptionally brave,” he said.
“He was engaged in teaching these young girls how to swim and it’s alleged that the offences took place during those lessons.”
Police allege the assaults occurred on two separate days some 12 days apart in and around the pool used for swimming lessons.
If this post brings up any issues for you, you can contact Bravehearts (an organisation providing support to victims of child abuse) here.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can get advice from the Child Abuse Protection Hotline by calling 1800 688 009, or visiting their website. You can also call the 24- hour Child Abuse Report Line (131 478).
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— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) March 13, 2019