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Ex-Parktown Boys’ assistant coach pleads guilty to 144 sexual assault charges

Collan Rex appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he admitted to the crimes.

 FILE: The former assistant water polo coach accused of sexually assaulting at least 20 pupils at Parktown Boys’ High leaving the Johannesburg Magistrates Court with his family. Picture: Masego Mahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The former Parktown Boys’ High School water polo assistant coach accused of sexually abusing pupils has pleaded guilty to 144 charges of sexual assault.

Collan Rex appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he admitted to the crimes.

Rex (22) is also facing 183 charges ranging from attempted murder, rape, sexual grooming and exposing minors to pornography.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Louw said: “A 22-year-old man made admission to 144 counts of sexual assault, relating to sexual assault on boys at Parktown High.”

On Monday, the prosecution will call the remaining witnesses to testify ahead of sentencing proceedings.