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SA junior athletics coach on child pornography charges

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Anyone know what sentence this dude got?

Junior athletics coach asks court not to jail him for child pornography offences

By court reporter Loukas Founten

Updated 8 Oct 2014, 7:16pmWed 8 Oct 2014, 7:16pm

A Korean man who worked as a junior athletics coach at a number of private schools in Adelaide has asked the District Court to be lenient and not jail him for child pornography offences.

Hui Ung Lee, 19, has pleaded guilty to a number of offences, including inducing a child to expose their body, communicating with the intention of procuring a child for sex and possessing child pornography.

Lee communicated with three girls over a period of time using a social media site pretending to be someone else.

In one case he pretended to be an Australian male, and in the other two he pretended to be an older professional woman who could help the girls get modelling contracts.

Prosecutor Fiona McDonald told the court the offending had a significant impact on the teenage girls and warranted an immediate custodial sentence.

"The defendant's use of deception and trickery in relation to his posing as a Caucasian Australian male to gain the affection of the young girl, and in relation to [the other girls] his posing as a professional older female to gain their trust, to take advantage of these girls," she said.

"There were false offers of modelling success and overseas trips used to entice these girls to partake and send whatever photos he requested with whatever poses and various unclad states that he requested.

"It is clear that all the complainants were young and easy targets for this kind of exploitation."

Ms McDonald said the offending happened over a period of time and Lee had an intention of meeting up with the girls for sexual activity, and so it was not limited to online relationships.

Defence lawyer Craig Caldicott said his client was born in Korea and had come to Australia as a teenager to study.

"He went to St Peters College on a scholarship. He is very, very bright but has done a really, really dumb thing. He accepts that," he said.

"He is studying sports engineering, mechanical engineering."

Defendant 'has brought shame to his family'

Mr Caldicott said his client was the official coach of the Eastern Districts Little Athletics Club, the SA Little Athletics state team and was also a coach at St Peters College, Walford School, Pembroke School and Seymour College.

At the time of his arrest students and parents were notified, but his offences did not relate to students from those schools.

"As a result of these offences he won't be able to [coach children] ever again," Mr Caldicott said.

"That's the nature of the charges, which is in itself incredibly sad."

Mr Caldicott said Lee's parents were running a business in Japan but he had brought them and the rest of his family great shame.

He urged the court to be lenient in sentencing and impose a suspended sentence bond rather than a custodial sentence.

"At the end of the day he is a young man who is halfway through a mechanical sports engineering degree. He has done something incredibly stupid," he said.

"If your honour was minded to give him one chance, I expect he will repay it tenfold.

"He won't bring shame on his family ever again."

Lee will be sentenced on Friday.

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