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Jason Day’s ex-coach Sean Lynch hit with sexual assault and child porn charges

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Renowned golf coach Sean Lynch has been hit with more charges over his alleged repeated sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

Lynch, who coached Australian 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day, allegedly assaulted her five times at four locations in Brisbane and the Gold Coast in 2019.

The 65-year-old was arrested at his home in Banyo, near Brisbane Airport, in December on five charges of indecent treatment of a girl under 16.

Renowned golf coach Sean Lynch has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl six times over the course of a year

Renowned golf coach Sean Lynch has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl six times over the course of a year

Renowned golf coach Sean Lynch has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl six times over the course of a year

He allegedly also showed the girl pornography, prompting an extra charge of exposing a child to an indecent video.

Lynch now faces a seventh charge of possessing child abuse material, which was added on after further police investigations.

Prosecutor Tim Wise said the allegations against Lynch included him sexually touching the girl and getting her to touch his genitals. 

The locations he is alleged to have molested the girl include his former home in Nudgee Beach and a golf club.

His lawyer Scott Webb told the court in December his client denied all the charges and he and his wife Challie Takis had just been trying to assist the ‘troubled’ girl.

‘My client denies each and every allegation that has been said,’ Mr Webb told Brisbane Magistrates Court at the successful bail application.

‘There’s a lot more to this than, I would suggest, probably meets the eye,’ 

Mr Webb said Lynch’s family, who were in the court to show support for him, ‘are shocked, as he is, by the nature of these allegations’.

Lynch coached Australian 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day (pictured with the trophy)

Lynch coached Australian 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day (pictured with the trophy)

Lynch coached Australian 2015 PGA Champion Jason Day (pictured with the trophy)

Lynch breaks down and buries his head against a wall outside Brisbane Magistrates Court after being released on bail in December

Lynch breaks down and buries his head against a wall outside Brisbane Magistrates Court after being released on bail in December

Lynch breaks down and buries his head against a wall outside Brisbane Magistrates Court after being released on bail in December

Bail conditions include not being allowed to go to the Gold Coast, having no professional contact with children, and handing in his passport. 

He faced court again on Monday morning and his case was adjourned until August 17, with his bail continued.

Lynch has been a golf coach since the 1980s and mentored numerous professional golfers who have tasted international success. 

The court heard Lynch was a sports psychologist, working mainly with adult golfers. 

Lynch was also Australia’s PGA tour director in 1999 to 2005 and now partners with Ian Triggs to run Triggs Lynch Golf coaching in Brisbane. 

Mr Triggs wrote an affidavit presented in court swearing he gave the girl golf coaching for the past four years, 

Mr Webb told the court Mr Triggs claimed the alleged victim came from a ‘dysfunctional home’. 

Lynch was a coach on Channel 7 golfing reality TV show The Cut in the early 2000s which saw the emergence of Day.

Lynch was heavily involved in developing and mentoring Day, particularly on the mental side of his game, for years

Lynch was heavily involved in developing and mentoring Day, particularly on the mental side of his game, for years

Lynch was heavily involved in developing and mentoring Day, particularly on the mental side of his game, for years

Lynch now faces a seventh charge of possessing child abuse material, which was added on after further police investigations

Lynch now faces a seventh charge of possessing child abuse material, which was added on after further police investigations

Lynch now faces a seventh charge of possessing child abuse material, which was added on after further police investigations 

Lynch was heavily involved in developing and mentoring Day, particularly on the mental side of his game, for years afterwards.

He in 2004 said Day was ‘very special’ as the then-24-year-old climbed into the top 10 of golf’s world rankings under his tutelage.

Other golfers taken under his wing include two-time Australian open winner Greg Chalmers, along with regular PGA tour players Marcus Fraser, Jarrod Lyle, Lindsay Wright, and Andre Stoltz. 

He and his wife sold their Nudgee Beach home earlier this year to downsize to the two-bedroom $669,000 Banyo pad that backs onto a golf course.

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Evil rapist who threatened to kill his 13-year-old victim is sentenced to just nine MONTHS in jail 

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An evil rapist who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in a park and threatened to kill her if she called police has been sentenced to just nine months behind bars. 

Craig Anthony Mclean, 30, from Gympie, Queensland, preyed on a young teenager for a year from July 2018.  

The relationship initially started with months of ‘hugging and kissing’ before he raped her in late 2019 at a local lookout when she refused his advances, The Courier Mail reports. 

The girl reported the incident to police and he was charged with two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, one count of having carnal knowledge with a child under 16, and one count of possessing child exploitation material.   

Craig Anthony Mclean (pictured), 30, from  Gympie, QLD, was sentenced to nine months behind bars last week for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl from 2018 to 2019

Craig Anthony Mclean (pictured), 30, from  Gympie, QLD, was sentenced to nine months behind bars last week for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl from 2018 to 2019

Craig Anthony Mclean (pictured), 30, from  Gympie, QLD, was sentenced to nine months behind bars last week for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl from 2018 to 2019

Mclean tried to take his own life twice in the hours before his sentencing hearing at Gympie District Court last week.  

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and three months in prison with the remainder of the term to be suspended once he serves nine months. 

The court heard the girl had told McLean she was not ready for sex in November 2018, and ran away from him during an encounter later that year when he reached beneath her bra and pants after she told him to stop. 

The pair met again a few months later in a park and had sex on a bench, exchanging sexually explicit photos into 2019. 

Mclean convinced the girl to meet him at a lookout, promising nothing would happen between them, but slowly began touching her despite her resistance, the court heard. 

When he ripped open her pants and she threatened to call the police if he did not stop, he told her: ‘I will take your life if you call the police’.

She fought back until he stopped and he eventually dropped her home, with the girl then reporting the incident to police the following day. 

The court heard Mclean attempted to take his own life twice the morning of the sentencing hearing

The court heard Mclean attempted to take his own life twice the morning of the sentencing hearing

The court heard Mclean attempted to take his own life twice the morning of the sentencing hearing

He was charged after voluntarily attending the local police station in November 2019, and released on bail on the condition he did not use social media, which he then breached several times.  

He was arrested in January for threatening to kill anyone who reported him to police and placed in custody before being released on bail again in August.

The morning of last week’s hearing, he was rushed to hospital after trying to take his life in a park before making a second attempt later that day, the court heard. 

The judge said Mclean’s behaviour through out the course of the case’s proceedings had demonstrated ‘substantial self-interest’ rather than remorse for his victim. 

Mclean was placed on a 15-month good behaviour bond for using a carriage service to harass and a six month sentence, to be served concurrently, for breaching a previous suspended sentence. 

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NSW Police and AFP bust as alleged text message scam duo who stole thousands in Sydney

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Two men have been arrested for allegedly being part of a text message scam that steals Australian’s identities and their money.

Officers raided two homes in Macquarie Park and Burwood, NSW, on Tuesday, where they seized hundreds of SIM cards, nine SIM boxes, phones, laptops and hard drives. 

Fake ID documents, drugs, drug paraphernalia, a money counter and cash was also allegedly discovered. 

The SIM boxes were allegedly used to send text messages that claimed to be from banks or telecommunications companies and asked for personal or financial information.

This is known as a smishing scam. 

Two men have been arrested for allegedly being part of a text message scam that steals Australian's identities and their money

Two men have been arrested for allegedly being part of a text message scam that steals Australian's identities and their money

Two men have been arrested for allegedly being part of a text message scam that steals Australian’s identities and their money

Police will allege the men had direct access to and control of the SMS boxes, which sent more than 10,000 messages in two weeks.

In one instance, a person allegedly lost $30,000 after 45 customers from one bank were targeted. 

One telecommunications provider found 49,000 texts made to their customers in one week.

The Australian Federal Police worked with organisations such as Westpac, the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and TPG Telecom.  

The 50-year-old man from Macquarie Park was charged with eight counts of false or misleading information, one count of using a telecommunications network with intent to commit serious offence and one count of drug possession.

He was also charged with dealing in identification information using a carriage service,  honestly obtaining or dealing in financial information and dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

Officers raided two homes in Macquarie Park and Burwood, NSW, on Tuesday, where they seized hundreds of SIM cards, nine SIM boxes, phones, laptops and hard drives

Officers raided two homes in Macquarie Park and Burwood, NSW, on Tuesday, where they seized hundreds of SIM cards, nine SIM boxes, phones, laptops and hard drives

Officers raided two homes in Macquarie Park and Burwood, NSW, on Tuesday, where they seized hundreds of SIM cards, nine SIM boxes, phones, laptops and hard drives

The SIM boxes were allegedly used to send test messages that claimed to be from banks or telecommunications companies and asked for personal or financial information

The SIM boxes were allegedly used to send test messages that claimed to be from banks or telecommunications companies and asked for personal or financial information

The SIM boxes were allegedly used to send test messages that claimed to be from banks or telecommunications companies and asked for personal or financial information

WHAT IS SMISHING? 

Smishing is a emerging form phishing.

It is when scammers use text messaging to trick people into giving them personal information. 

People are told not to trust texts from people they don’t know. 

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The 30-year-old is expected to face similar charges.   

Chris Goldsmid, AFP Commander Cybercrime Operations, said: ‘This fraud syndicate had absolutely no regard for the hardworking Australians they stole from, victims who may be struggling since the bushfires and COVID-19 hit the nation.’

Detective Superintendent Matthew Craft, Commander from NSW Police’s Cybercrime squad, said offenders are adapting to technology to stop them.  

‘These types of scams become somewhat redundant when the community heeds the advice to never provide confidential personal information to people you don’t know and can’t identify,’ he said.

Legitimate businesses will never call or SMS customers seeking confidential information. Always be suspicious when you receive such requests.’ 

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The COVID-19 scam you MUST avoid: Fraudsters pretend to be contact tracers

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Con artists are pretending to be government COVID-19 tracers in an elaborate new text message scam.

Fake SMS messages warn innocent Australians that a possible coronavirus case has been detected in their neighbourhood.

The alert then asks victims to click on a link on a map to find out ‘the most dangerous places to avoid tomorrow’.

Scamwatch, which is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, posted the message on Twitter with warning to all recipients. 

Fake SMS messages warn innocent Australians that a possible coronavirus case has been detected in their neighbourhood (pictured)

Fake SMS messages warn innocent Australians that a possible coronavirus case has been detected in their neighbourhood (pictured)

Fake SMS messages warn innocent Australians that a possible coronavirus case has been detected in their neighbourhood (pictured)

‘Beware of the latest COVID-19 themed government impersonation scam,’ Scamwatch wrote.

How to protect yourself against scams: 

Don’t click on hyperlinks in text/social media messages or emails, even if it appears to come from a trusted source.

Go directly to the website through your browser. For example, to reach the MyGov website type ‘my.gov.au’ into your browser yourself.

Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for personal or financial details, even if they claim to be a from a reputable organisation or government authority – just press delete or hang up.

 Source: Scamwatch

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‘If you receive this text, don’t click the link, just delete it.’

The watchdog also urged people who are unsure whether a message is legitimate to to contact the relevant agency.

According to scamwatch, fraudsters have collected more than $3.3million from Australians who have fallen victim to scams since the outbreak of COVID-19.  

‘Scammers are hoping that you have let your guard down,’ Scamwatch said on its website.

‘Do not provide your personal, banking or superannuation details to strangers who have approached you.’   

A new tax office scam was also found on Wednesday to be targeting people in the form of a phone voicemail message or SMS.

The ploy urges people to hand over their credit card details – threatening taxpayers with arrest if they don’t comply.

‘Attention: this call is from the legal department of Services Australia,’ the message says.

‘Your Tax File Identification Number has been suspended and we have filed a case under your name. 

‘So, before this matter goes to Federal Court and you could get arrested kindly press 1. I repeat press 1 to know about your legal case.’ 

A spokesperson from the Australian Tax Office said the body is concerned about the increasing number of people paying fake tax debt scammers. 

The watchdog urged people who are unsure whether a message is legitimate to to contact the relevant agency (stock image)

The watchdog urged people who are unsure whether a message is legitimate to to contact the relevant agency (stock image)

The watchdog urged people who are unsure whether a message is legitimate to to contact the relevant agency (stock image)

‘Scammers pretending to be from the ATO are contacting members of the community, telling them that they have a tax debt and that if they don’t pay it straight away they will be arrested,’ they said.

‘These scammers will often request payment through unusual methods, such as cryptocurrency, pre-paid credit cards or gift cards, and will try to keep people on the line until they have paid.’

They urged anyone who received a phone call, text message or voicemail demanding money not to send a payment or provide personal information.  

‘We will never threaten you with immediate arrest or demand payment through unusual means.’

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