SA water polo coach found guilty of child pornography and indecent treatment

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A water polo coach and former teacher at a prestigious private school on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is set to be expelled after being found guilty of nearly 20 charges, including 14 counts of indecent treatment of a child of under 16 years old.

According to ABC News, other charges included possession of child pornography and grooming a 13-year-old boy for sex.

Dean Carelse, 41, had over 2,000 images of child pornography on two phones. He was arrested in March last year, News24 reports. Detectives from the area’s Child Protection Investigation Unit raided his home in Mooloolaba and seized several items.

Carelse appeared in Maroochydore District Court on Wednesday, after spending 271 days in detention. He was given a two-year sentence, suspended after six months for three years.

It was also revealed he was facing forgery charges after forging a signature to make the child he cared for the benefactor of a will of which he was the executive and beneficiary of his pension. retirement.

Defense lawyer Ben Powers told the court his client felt extremely remorseful, ashamed and understood he had committed a “gross breach of trust” as a teacher.

Powers further added that Carelse could not explain his wrongdoings, however, it came at a time of loneliness and said the defendant had developed “an unhealthy and inappropriate adoration” of the boy he had cared for.

Carelse had taken religious classes during his nearly nine months in custody in an effort to ensure he would never repeat his behavior.

Mr Powers said that because of Carelse’s prominent career in South Africa and as a rugby coach for the captain of the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks, the case attracted enormous international media attention. Seven newspaper articles forming part of the evidence, including online threats in comment sections directed at Mr. Carelse by the public.

A day after his arrest, he was suspended from his job at Water Polo Queensland by then chief executive Melanie Woosnam, who said “because he has been charged with serious criminal offences”.

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