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Convicted sex offender Collan Rex given 23-year sentence

The former Parktown Boys' assistant water polo coach Collan Rex was found guilty of 144 counts of sexual assault and 12 counts of common assault.

Collan Rex leaves the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on 20 September 2018. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Parktown Boys' High School assistant water polo coach Collan Rex has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexual assault and common assault.

Rex initially faced 327 charges.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to 144 counts of sexual assault and 12 of common assault.

He was sentenced at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Acting Judge Peet Johnson rejected Rex's version that he didn't know his actions were wrong because he was exposed to bullying, wrestling and games that involved touching of genitals when he was a pupil at the school.

Judge Johnson says that he doesn't believe that Rex was unaware of the consequences to his actions.

While handing down judgment, he told Rex that he took into consideration the fact that his victims were under suicide watch.

Rex will also be added to the national sex offenders registry as the judge says he's a danger to society and children.