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Ex-swim teacher Kyle Daniels’ third trial dropped over sexual touching allegations

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Former swimming coach Kyle Daniels will not face a third trial over allegations he sexually touched underage girls during swim sessions, a court has heard.

On Friday, Sydney Downing Centre District Court was told the Director of Public Prosecutions would not proceed with any further legal action against the 24-year-old.

The former Mosman swim instructor was previously charged with sexually touching nine girls during swimming lessons on Sydney’s lower north shore between 2018 and 2019.

Mr Daniels had pleaded not guilty to all charges before the court, and has always denied any wrongdoing.

The decision to drop the charges comes less than two months after a jury was unable to reach a verdict on more than half of the allegations of inappropriate sexual contact.

Daniels was found not guilty on 10 of the other counts against him, with the jury delivering three separate verdicts on the same number of days.

These included the most serious allegations he had inserted his fingers inside the vaginas of some of the girls, which under the law were charged as sexual intercourse with a child under 10.

However, the jury was discharged when they were unable to reach a verdict for six counts of sexual touching of a child and five counts of indecent assault.

It was the second jury to be unable to reach a verdict on all the charges laid against the swim coach.

After seven weeks of waiting, the court heard on Friday that the charges would be dropped by the DPP and Mr Daniels would not have to endure a fresh trial.

“The Director of Public Prosecutions directed there be no further proceedings in relation to any of the outstanding counts,” crown prosecutor Tony McCarthy announced.

Judge Kara Shead noted there was an application for costs which will be heard in March next year.

Mr Daniels beamed into the courtroom via audiovisual link for the final chapter of his lengthy legal battle.

While the DPP were deciding whether to proceed with a third trial, the 24-year-old was subject to strict bail conditions which prohibited him from being around minors other than family members.

He has not been a swimming instructor since the allegations came to light in 2019.

Story Credit: news.com.au

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