The criminal trial of the Parktown Boys' High alleged molester has painted a portrait of a young man with no concept of sexual or physical boundaries with his pupils.
And as seven of his 23 alleged victims took to the stand at the High Court this week to testify, the school itself has been described as an environment that prevented the victims from speaking out about the coach’s alleged behaviour.
Collan Rex faces 327 charges of sexual assault, rape, attempted murder, assault and sexual grooming, after allegedly abusing more than 23 pupils at the school during his tenure as an assistant waterpolo coach and boarding house master between 2015 and 2016.
Rex has already effectively pleaded guilty to 144 of the sexual assault charges against him, stemming from incidents where he would grab his 13- to 16-year-old pupils’ genitals and “dry hump” them.
His criminal trial began this week, with details on his bizarre abuse laid bare to the High Court sitting at Palm Ridge.
The 94 attempted murder charges are based around Rex’s choking of the boys during what he described through his lawyer as “playful wrestling”.