Girl 'too shy' to talk about swim teacher

Greta Stonehouse
·2-min read

Every Thursday afternoon after school a young girl was abused by her swimming teacher but was "too shy" to say anything, a Sydney jury has heard.

When asked during her pre-recorded police interview what she didn't like about her swimming teacher the girl paused for a while before quietly saying she "didn't remember".

But when pressed about "something" that "happened at swimming lesson", she starts by saying "she didn't really want to talk about this".

Kyle Daniels, 22, has pleaded not guilty to 26 charges, including multiple counts of having sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and indecently assaulting a person under 16.

He is accused of touching nine of his students aged between five and 10 on or near their genitals while instructing them between February 2018 and February 2019 at a pool on Sydney's north shore.

On Thursday the District Court watched the girl fidget and turn a spinning wheel in her hands whenever the questions turned to the alleged abuse which she says began on her first day with Daniels, who she referred to as "Kylie".

"I was too shy to tell him to stop and I was too shy to tell my mother and father. I just didn't want to talk about it," she said.

"Can you tell me what Kylie would do?" she was asked.

"Well he would always put his hand by my costume where it protects my private parts," she responded.

The girl said whenever she made a mistake with her freestyle stroke "Kylie", who was standing in the water, would stop her and correct the style while she was facing down into the water.

As he was giving her instructions he would slide his hand through the "big holes" at the bottom of her costume on either side and touch her "private parts" underneath her swimmers.

"Didn't put his hand near my bum, only on my vagina," she said.

She felt a pushing around the top before he would slide his hand out and let her go.

"When I'm not noticing he would touch it," she said.

Her pre-recorded evidence comes after the jury has heard multiple girls' accounts of how he allegedly inappropriately touched them.

The rest of this young girl's evidence is due to be heard before the court on Friday as the trial continues before Judge Kara Shead.