Sex pest: ‘His mom is taking this very badly’
The former assistant coach at Parktown Boys' High has been asked to resign from his job at a security company
The mother of sex pest accused Collan Rex is battling to deal with her son’s alleged crimes and has opted to stay at home instead of supporting him in court.
Rex, the former assistant water polo coach at Parktown Boys' High School, pleaded guilty last week to 144 counts of sexual assault against 12 of the 23 boys who are complainants in the sex scandal that has rocked the school. He has pleaded not guilty to a further 183 counts, which include one of rape, 110 of attempted murder, 55 of sexual assault, seven of exposure of pornography to a child, two of sexual grooming, and eight of assault.
The case was postponed to Monday.
A family friend said Sunday that Rex’s mother would “eventually” attend, but: “I think she also doesn’t know how to handle the whole thing because he’s a grown man and she can’t tell him what to do. But she is taking this whole thing very badly.”
The friend said family members were also not open to discussing the case among themselves.
“Most of the family have seen it in the newspapers but no one talks about it.”Shocking details of Rex’s lewd acts with the boys, who were aged between 13 and 16, have been laid bare in a 76-page indictment before the High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg.
He was caught on surveillance camera fondling a 15-year-old in the school’s hostel in November 2016. He was arrested soon afterwards and granted bail of R3,000 a month later.
The trial was postponed to Tuesday after state advocate Arveena Persad informed acting judge Peet Johnson that Rex’s advocate, William Robertse, was ill.
Breaking his silence for the first time, the family friend, who has been accompanying Rex to court since his trial started in July, said a company that employed Rex to install security alarms had asked him to resign after the details of the allegations surfaced.
Rex grew up with his grandparents. He has an 18-year-old sister and an eight-year-old brother, said the friend.The friend, who has known Rex for eight years, said: “When I used to pick him up at work, he will stop at some place so he can chase Pokemon.”
He said that Rex, when not in court, spends most of his time with a friend at her parents’ home.
According to the indictment, Rex, who was the school’s star water polo player when he was a pupil there, allegedly pulled a 15-year-old pupil’s “genital organs and pubic hair” on 57 occasions and also tried to strangle him about 20 times between 2015 and 2016.
He is also accused of showing another boy the erotic movie Fifty Shades of Grey on his laptop while stroking his face before whipping him on his legs.
A long list of counts for sexual assault to which he pleaded guilty involved him “dry humping” pupils by rubbing his genital organs against the pupil's while both were fully clothed.
According to the indictment, some of the offences took place in a room at the school where the boys completed their homework under Rex's supervision.During one of the homework sessions, the accused allegedly made a penis out of playdough and told one of the boys to suck it.
One another occasion, while a pupil was bending over to put his books into his bag, Rex allegedly grabbed him by his genital organs and “lifted him in the air” and assaulted him.
He is also accused of showing several pupils porn as well as hitting a pupil with a broom on two occasions.
Rex’s rape charge stems from an incident in 2016 when he is alleged to have committed an act of sexual penetration with a 14-year-old pupil “by penetrating his anus with his finger without his consent”.