Kyle Daniels, 20, has been charged with having sexual intercourse with an eight-year-old girl and inappropriately touching another girl, aged 6. Police said the alleged offences took place during lessons at the Mosman Swim Centre in February.
Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad have obtained CCTV from inside the swim centre which will be used as part of their evidence against Daniels.
Daniels appeared in Manly Local Court on Wednesday and was refused bail until his next appearance on Wednesday.
It is understood the two alleged victims complained to their parents about Daniels, and police were informed.
Specialist child abuse detectives spent a month gathering evidence, including CCTV, before Daniels was arrested at his family’s Balgowlah home on Tuesday.
He was charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child under the age of 10 and having sexual intercourse with a child under 10.
Police allege Daniels sexually touched a girl, 6, during a swimming lesson on February 2. Then on February 14, he allegedly had sexual intercourse with another girl, 8.
Police said the two girls are sisters. Daniels’ parents were in court to support their son during his brief mention.
A letter from Mosman Ezyswim said Daniels had been suspended when the girls’ parents first reported the allegations in February, and that all employees had current working with children checks.
‘We are extremely distressed by this situation and will keep customers up to date when more information comes to hand,’ the letter said.
Daniels did not apply for bail and it was formally refused. He has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on May 8. However, his lawyer indicated to the court Daniels would make an application for bail next week.
In addition to the charges, police took out an Apprehended Violence Order against Daniels on behalf of his victims.
Under the order, Daniels is banned from going anywhere near Mosman Swim Centre. Pictures on his social media accounts show Daniels was a student at Knox Grammar, and a talented swimmer. He is currently studying at the University of Sydney.
A Knox Grammar yearbook shows Daniels was a prefect at the prestigious school he attended from 2014 to 2016, and was also a boarder. He represented the school in swimming, water polo, rugby and football. In a blub beside his school photo, it said Daniels was awarded for his ‘academic excellence’.
Neighbours and friends said they were struggling to comprehend the serious allegations against Daniels.
Employees at Mosman Swim Centre declined to comment on Daniels’ charges on Thursday, and requests to EzySwim, who run the school, have gone unanswered.
At the café outside the swim school, owner Gerard said Daniels was friendly and was from a good family. ‘Lovely boy, always polite,’ he said. ‘[The charges were] such a surprise for everybody. ‘He’s from a good family, I just hope they survive what they are going through.’
A neighbour in Balgowlah said the Daniels family were private people and had moved into the street a few months ago.
‘They’re respectable people, there’s no problem there at all,’ she said.
‘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.’
Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said Daniels had been a causal instructor at the swim school for two years.
Det. Supt. Kerlatec said detectives would rely on other evidence as well as the statements of the two alleged victims.
‘These young, brave kids put their hands up to mum and dad and said ‘something happened,’ he told reporters on Wednesday.
‘That is exceptionally brave.’ The swim centre said it had suspended Daniels’s employment before police laid charges.
On the website, the swim centre says it has ‘a state-of-the-art, indoor, heated, 25 metre pool that is open to all members of the community’.