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Australian swimming teacher arrested for sexually abusing 6-year-old girl and raping her 8-year-old sister

by ZwemZa on March 16th, 2019

An Australian swimming teacher has been accused of sexually abusing two young girls under his care. The 20-year-old coach, Kyle Daniels, has been accused of inappropriately touching a six-year-old girl and also having sexual intercourse with the victim’s eight-year-old sister.

The offenses allegedly took place in February during swimming lessons at the Mosman Swim Center in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, where Daniels had been a casual instructor for the past two years, according to a Daily Mail report.

Daniels has been accused of sexually abusing and raping two of his young students (Source: NSW Police)

The abuse came to light after the two girls complained about Daniels to their parents, who then raised the issue to the police. The New South Wales Police said the 20-year-old had sexually touched the six-year-old during a swimming lesson on February 2 and then had sexual intercourse with her sister on Valentine’s Day.

The Mail reported that detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad spent a month gathering evidence, including CCTV footage from inside the center, before arresting Daniels at his family’s Balgowlah home on Tuesday, March 12.

The 20-year-old was subsequently charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child under the age of 10 and having sexual intercourse with a child under 10. Furthermore, police took out an Apprehended Violence Order against him on behalf of his victims which prevents him from going anywhere near Mosman Swim Center.

Mosman Ezyswim confirmed Daniels was no longer an employee (Source: Instagram)
Mosman Ezyswim confirmed Daniels was no longer an employee (Source: Instagram)

Mosman Ezyswim confirmed that Daniels was suspended after the girls’ parents first reported the misconduct in February, much before the police filed charges. A letter obtained by the Mail read, “We are extremely distressed by this situation and will keep customers up to date when more information comes to hand.”

All the signs seemed to point towards Daniels being the ideal role model. Currently a student at the University of Sydney, the 20-year-old was previously a prefect at the prestigious Knox Grammar School, and was rewarded for “academic excellence” and represented the school in swimming, water polo, rugby, and football.

Following the allegations, his Instagram page was taken down and neighbors and friends both expressed their disbelief at his current predicament. “Lovely boy, always polite,” said the owner of a cafe outside the swim school. “He’s from a good family, I just hope they survive what they are going through.”

Daniels is scheduled to next appear in court on May 8 (Source: Instagram)
Daniels is scheduled to next appear in court on May 8 (Source: Instagram)

A neighbor similarly said, “They’re respectable people, there’s no problem there at all. The parents come and go together every morning… I hope they are okay. I hope the boy is okay and it all gets sorted out.”

Speaking about the case, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec praised the victims for their courage to come forward. “These young, brave kids put their hands up to mum and dad and said ‘something happened’,” he said. “That is exceptionally brave.” He also revealed, besides the CCTV footage, police would be using the victims’ statements as evidence against Daniels.

He appeared at the Manly Local Court on Wednesday, March 13, and was denied bail until his next appearance on May 8. However, his lawyers have said the 20-year-old would still be making an application for bail next week.

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