East Rand coach gets 21 years for rape

2013-07-02 12:20

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Johannesburg - A former high school sports coach from Springs on the East Rand has been sentenced to an effective 21 years in prison for raping two boys and sexually assaulting three others, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

Jacques Strydom, 29, was arrested in 2009 after five pupils at the Huguenot High School lodged complaints against him.

He pleaded guilty to all five charges.

On Monday, just one of Strydom's victims was at the Benoni Regional Court when Magistrate Ian Cox sentenced him.

The boy, who was in Grade 8 when the incident happened, became emotional when Cox pointed out that the victims would have to live with the consequences of Strydom's crime for the rest of their lives.

"You used your career to position yourself close to children, to satisfy your own sexual urges," Cox said.

He said Strydom had targeted vulnerable or problem children, and groomed them for abuse.
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