Swimming coach Mosman acquitted of four more sexual abuse charges

An 11-member NSW District Court jury has found a Mosman swimming instructor not guilty of four more child sexual abuse charges after he was ordered by a judge to make majority decisions.

Kyle James Henk Daniels, 24, was facing a 10-week trial in Sydney on 21 charges being five counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 through digital penetration, eight counts of sexually touching a child and eight counts of assault of chastity. including two opportunity costs.

Kyle Daniels leaves court on Tuesday on the first day of jury deliberations.

Kyle Daniels leaves court on Tuesday on the first day of jury deliberations.Credit:Rhett Wyman

The Crown alleged that Daniels has a sexual interest in young girls and acted on it by intentionally touching the vaginas of nine students, aged between five and 10, at the Mosman Swim Center in 2018 and 2019.

By Friday afternoon, the jury acquitted Daniels of nine charges related to four of the complainants, and will resume deliberations Monday on the remaining 12 charges, which relate to the other five girls.

The jury began deliberations on Tuesday afternoon and one of the 12 jurors was fired on Thursday. Later in the day, the jury acquitted Daniels of three counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10, one count of sexual touching and one alternate count of indecent assault.

On Friday afternoon, the jury ruled not guilty on two counts of indecent assault, including the second alternate charge, and the remaining two counts of sexual intercourse with a child.

Earlier, Judge Kara Shead took evidence from the jury chairman who indicated that they did not believe extra time, including a break over the weekend, would help achieve unanimous verdicts.

“I don’t think there are any opinions that will change,” they said.

The judges were asked if any of them had a different opinion on this and the answer was, “No.”

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