The first mum to tell a swim school about coach Kyle Daniels’s alleged touching says she will ‘never forget’ what her daughter said to her.
The first mum to tell a swim school about coach Kyle Daniels’s alleged touching says she will ‘never forget’ what her daughter said to her.

How swim school learned of alleged abuse by coach

A mother has defended her decision to only raise with swim school staff allegations that an instructor had sexually touched her daughter and not take the complaint any further.

The woman is the mother of one of nine young girls who have alleged they were abused by Kyle Daniels at the Mosman Swim School.

Mr Daniels is standing trial in Sydney's Downing Centre District Court where he has pleaded not guilty to 26 counts including sexual intercourse with a child under 10, indecent assault and sexual touching.

He has denied the allegations which relate to his time as a part-time swim teacher between February 2018 to February 2019.

Nine young girls have alleged they were abused by Kyle Daniels. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi
Nine young girls have alleged they were abused by Kyle Daniels. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi

Mr Daniels, 22, is alleged to have touched the girls on or near their vaginas during swimming lessons.

The woman has told the court that her daughter first raised the allegation, that Mr Daniels touched her on her vagina with three fingers, with her in late July 2018 however did not approach the police, only informing swim school staff.

She raised the complaint with one of the centre's venue managers, Mitchell Dean, who then passed on the details in an email to a senior manager.

"I was just approached by a mother who has claimed that her seven-year-old daughter was allegedly being touched inappropriately by one of one of our male instructors (Kyle)," Mr Dean wrote in the email.

Mr Dean went on to write that the woman only wanted to bring it to the attention of the centre however "doesn't want to cause any trouble or make too big a fuss."

He ended the email by noting that the mother did not want the incident to happen to her daughter, or any other child, again.

Under cross examination the woman noted that it was not her words that she didn't want to make a "fuss" but said she was happy with her course of action.

She was asked by barrister Leslie Nicholls, acting for Mr Daniels, whether she was comfortable leaving the complaint in the hands of the swim school: "In circumstances where, you say your daughter told you that someone had put three fingers and moved them on your seven year-old daughter's vagina?"

"Yes," the woman replied.

Asked whether she could have done more, the woman said: "At the time we felt like it was the right course of action."

Kyle Daniels worked as a part-time coach at Mosman Swim School. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi
Kyle Daniels worked as a part-time coach at Mosman Swim School. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi

The woman only made a complaint and statement to police in March 2019 after Mr Daniels was arrested following allegations made by another family.

Mr Nicholls questioned whether her recollection of her daughter's complaint had been clouded by the passing of time.

However the woman replied: "I'll never forget what she said to me."

She was also asked if she had been "contaminated" by information relating to Mr Daniels, and the allegations made by other girls, given to her by police.

However she simply said: "No."

The court has heard that after the woman made her initial complaint to the Mosman Swim School, Mr Dean monitored Mr Daniels when he took his next lesson.

Mr Dean observed that Mr Daniels was "too hands on" with his coaching style.

The trial before Judge Kara Shead will continue on Monday.

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Originally published as How swim school learned of alleged abuse


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