Pool safety camera vision is at the centre of a case against a young swimming teacher accused of sexually abusing two little girls in his care.
Kyle Daniels, 20, has been charged with having sexual intercourse with an eight-year-old girl and inappropriately touching another girl, aged six.
Police said the alleged offences took place during lessons at the Mosman Swim Centre, on Sydney’s affluent Lower North Shore, in February.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal 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 March 20.
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Police have obtained pool safety camera vision to assist in their case against swimming coach Kyle Daniels (pictured with his father) who is accused of sexual offences at a Mosman pool
Kyle Daniels (above) is accused of sexually assaulting two young girls, aged six and eight, during their swimming lessons
Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad arrested Daniels at his Balgowlah home on Tuesday
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 (pictured after his arrest) did not apply for bail on Wednesday and it was formally refused. His lawyer indicated to the court they may apply next week
Kyle Daniels’ parents leave Manly Local Court on Wednesday following their son being charged with three child sex offences
The offences took place at Mosman Swim Centre, where Daniels worked casually for two years
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.
A blurb next to his school photograph in the yearbook also praises his academic excellence.
Daniels was a prefect at Sydney’s prestigious Knox Grammar School, where he boarded for two years
Neighbours and friends said they were struggling to comprehend the serious allegations against Daniels.
The swim school where Daniels worked has so far declined to comment on the allegations but is helping police with their inquiries
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.
Daniels (right) pictured at a Knox Grammar School function with his parents
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’.