UPDATE: #ParktownBoys sexual assault case postponed

A former assistant water polo coach at Parktown Boys' High School will face 160 counts in High Court after he was found on CCTV footage allegedly sexually abusing a schoolchild. Photo: Laura Pisanello

A former assistant water polo coach at Parktown Boys’ High School, who allegedly sexually assaulted 20 school children, was set to appear in the South Gauteng High Court today, 10 November.

Rosebank Killarney Gazette is currently at the court. The case has been postponed to 22 November.

 

 

The 22-year-old accused was arrested in November last year when he was found on CCTV footage allegedly fondling a youngster. The charges against him include grooming children for sexual activity and exposure to child pornography.

The principal of the school, Kevin Stippel and the chairman of the school’s governing body, Nicholas Greyling were called in to review the footage.

“The police were contacted and the perpetrator was arrested. He has since been charged with sexual abuse of minors and is awaiting trial. The school banned him from the property pending a hearing but he resigned with immediate effect,” said Greyling, who added that the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) was contacted and have been involved throughout this process.

However, the GDE said in a statement that they only became aware of the incident through the media. Greyling said that the school had been visited by a representative from the Department of Education so he was unsure why the Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, was not aware of the incident.

Greyling said there has been ongoing counselling and psychological support for the children and their parents throughout the process, and Luke Lamprecht from the Johannesburg Child Advocacy Forum has been assisting the school with an independent investigation to ensure complete transparency throughout the procedure.

A school newsletter titled, Breaking the Silence, was issued to parents and schoolchildren last year after the school became aware of the incident involving the children. The newsletter refers to a code of silence whereby students feel that they will not disclose even the most dangerous of information. The newsletter stresses the importance of children understanding that they play an essential role in ensuring the school is safe for all.

 

The Rosebank Killarney Gazette will provide more information at the court proceedings.

 

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