Kyle Daniels trial: Alleged victim’s mother collapses in court

A mother has burst into tears in court as she recalled the moment her daughter told her she was allegedly touched by her swimming instructor during a lesson.

The girl was one of nine alleged victims of former swimming instructor Kyle Daniels, who is on trial on 21 charges of sexually touching his students at the Mosman Swim Center on Sydney’s North Shore between 2018 and 2019.

He has pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10, eight counts of sexually touching a child and eight counts of indecent assault, including two as alternative charges.

Daniels is accused of touching the girls, who were under 10 at the time, both above and below their bathing suits.

The 23-year-old had worked part-time as a lecturer during his studies.

Daniels (pictured) has pleaded not guilty to sexually touching his students, including five counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 10, eight counts of sexually touching a child and eight counts of indecent assault

Daniels (pictured) has pleaded not guilty to sexually touching his students, including five counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 10, eight counts of sexually touching a child and eight counts of indecent assault

Daniels leaves court with his mother Janine (pictured) at an earlier hearing

Daniels leaves court with his mother Janine (pictured) at an earlier hearing

The mother took the stand on Wednesday and explained to the jury the moment her daughter claimed her teacher touched her between the legs.

The court was told the mother had picked her daughters up from dancing and decided to speak to them following media reports of Daniels’ arrest in March 2019.

“I was sitting in the driver’s seat and I turned around and I said, ‘I need to talk to you about something,’ and they said, ‘OK, sure,'” she told the court.

She said to her daughters, “You know it’s not appropriate to touch your privates.”

The woman said she explained it further, “noting that it doesn’t matter who it is, it’s inappropriate.”

The woman told the court her daughter spoke to her as the girls were finishing their dinner in the car.

The note a little girl wrote about an alleged interaction with Daniels — at the court hearing, the blank line stood for the word

The note a little girl wrote about an alleged interaction with Daniels — at the court hearing, the blank line stood for the word “vagina.”

Kyle Daniels (pictured) is accused of sexually touching nine young girls while he was working as a swim coach

Kyle Daniels (pictured) is accused of sexually touching nine young girls while he was working as a swim coach

The girl said to her mother, ‘Mom, do you know that my swimming teacher touches me there?’

When her mother questioned her further, she said the teacher allegedly “pushed her” by touching her there while she was doing the breaststroke.

“She said he ‘grabbed’ her while she was breaststroke and pushed her on,” the mother said.

The woman told the court she later spoke to her daughter alone and asked her more about how her swimming instructor allegedly touched her.

“She didn’t really want to talk; she just looked scared…she said it was hard to explain,” the woman said, becoming visibly upset.

She broke down in tears as she said, “I asked if it would be easier to show myself on a teddy bear.”

The woman told the court her daughter placed the teddy bear face down and placed her hand between his legs.

“I asked her if she felt like it was wrong when that happened … she said it felt wrong,” she said.

Earlier in the week, the young girl’s evidence was played in court, revealing she thought the alleged sexual touching was a “normal part” of her lessons.

The girl said she didn’t want her mother to tell anyone because she “didn’t think it was important.”

“I didn’t think I had to worry because I thought it was like what a swimming instructor does, although it had never happened in previous swimming schools,” the girl told the court.

When the girl found out her mother had told her father, she said she was upset.

Daniels is accused of sexually touching his students at the Mosman Swim Center (pictured) on Sydney's North Shore between 2018 and 2019

Daniels is accused of sexually touching his students at the Mosman Swim Center (pictured) on Sydney’s North Shore between 2018 and 2019

She told the court her teacher put one hand on her bladder and the other on her privates.

“I thought that’s how they taught you to breaststroke, although it wasn’t at my previous school,” the girl said.

Daniels was arrested on March 12, 2019 and taken to Manly Police Station.

After his arrest, police asked parents associated with the swim school for more information and received complaints from other alleged victims.

The trial before Judge Kara Shead continues.

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Bradford Betz

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