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Girl ‘felt something wrong’ with privates after swim teacher touch, court told

She said she was swimming on her back holding a kickboard, with her legs apart, when Mr Daniels pushed her in her “private part”. Given a diagram of a cartoon child by a police officer, she pointed to the child’s crotch and said that was her private part.

The girl said the swimming instructor “pushed it very hard and it hurt” and it felt like a worm was in there. Asked which part of his finger was used, she gestured to her hand and said it was “up to where your knuckles are”.

She said Mr Daniels pushed her off to swim away after the incident, and she “felt something wrong with my privates”.

“I decided just to take my cossie out of it a little bit and it came out and felt much better,” the girl said. “So I decided to just put my legs together because I don’t want that to happen again.”

The girl said she was touched over the top of her swimmers, going into her private parts, which “wasn’t very nice”.

“[It was] a little bit sore and a little bit like a worm was in it,” the girl said.

She said she told her mother later that day that “he was hurting me, and I asked her for a different teacher and she said ‘OK’.”

Kyle Daniels leaves the Downing Centre Courts.

Kyle Daniels leaves the Downing Centre Courts.Credit:Kate Geraghty

In recorded evidence played to the court, one of Mr Daniels’ barristers Gabrielle Bashir SC suggested to the girl that “the teacher Kyle did not push you in your privates, do you agree or disagree”.

“Disagree,” the girl said.

“Your body moving around made your swimmers go into your privates, do you agree or disagree?” Ms Bashir said.

“Disagree,” the girl responded.

It is alleged Mr Daniels also assaulted the girl’s sister during a swimming lesson.

The girl’s mother told the court that she took the 6-year-old to a lesson in February 2019 and “the minute she got out of the pool” she said she wanted to change where she did swimming lessons.

The woman said, when they got home, her daughter told her “Kyle had touched her on the vagina while she was doing backstroke”.

“She said it felt like a worm inside her,” the woman said. “She said she squeezed her legs together for the rest of the lesson so it couldn’t happen again.”

The woman and her husband then contacted the swim centre and were told police would get involved because of the nature of the complaint.

Defence barrister Leslie Nicholls previously told the jury that Mr Daniels “absolutely and totally denies” assaulting any of the children and “never knowingly or intentionally touched any of the complainants in a sexual, indecent or any unlawful manner whatsoever”.

The trial continues.

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