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http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sex-offender-free-after-stealing-sportswear-20120702-21deu.html

Sex offender free after stealing sportswear

Mark Russell

July 3, 2012

CONVICTED sex offender Philip Rolls looked like he had come straight from a tennis court.

Rolls, who claims to be one of Melbourne’s most popular tennis coaches, was wearing a blue tracksuit and bright orange tennis shoes when he faced County Court judge Barbara Cotterell yesterday.

Rolls, 54, is listed on the state’s sex offenders register and is banned from working with children until 2016.

He appeared in the County Court for breaching a suspended jail sentence he received in 2008 when caught loitering near Croydon Secondary College.

Prosecutor Andrew Halse said Rolls was given a two-month jail term, wholly suspended for 24 months, after he was found at the school ”with no pants on”. Rolls had breached the conditions when caught stealing more than $9000 worth of tennis equipment from Diadora while working at the sportswear company’s Hawthorn warehouse between 2009 and 2010.

When interviewed by police in February, 2010, Rolls admitted he was coaching tennis but claimed his clients were not children.

He said Diadora had been sponsoring him to wear their clothes because he was such a well-known tennis coach.

Defence lawyer Nadia Kaddeche said tennis was Rolls’ life but he had turned his life around since being placed on the state’s sex offenders register.

Judge Cotterell convicted Rolls on the theft charges and jailed him for five months, wholly suspended for 12 months. She said if there was ever a time Rolls was going to straighten himself up, it was now.

Rolls was initially convicted for wilful and obscene exposure following an incident with a teenage girl at a Moorabbin tennis club. He was placed on the sex offenders register and banned from working with children on May 17, 2007, after he was caught loitering near Croydon Secondary College.

He was placed under police surveillance in August 2007 after a tip-off that he was coaching children as young as six. Tennis Australia was notified two days later.

It turned out he was teaching children tennis at clubs in Croydon East, Warburton, Canterbury, Blackburn and Noble Park.

Rolls was arrested on August 30, 2007, and charged with engaging in child-related employment when a convicted sex offender.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/no-pants-on-sex-predator-on-theft-counts-20120702-21cf0.html

No pants on: sex predator on theft counts

Mark Russell

July 2, 2012 – 2:00PM

A convicted sex offender who claimed to be one of Melbourne’s most popular junior tennis coaches has appeared in court today on theft charges.

Philip Rolls, 54, is listed on the state’s sex offenders register and is banned from working with children until 2016.

He appeared in the County Court today for breaching a suspended jail sentence he had received in 2008 when caught loitering near Croydon Secondary College.

Prosecutor Andrew Halse said Rolls was given a two-month jail term, wholly suspended for 24 months, after he was found at the school “with no pants on”.

Rolls had breached the conditions of the suspended jail term to be of good behaviour for 24 months when caught stealing more than $9000 worth of tennis equipment from Diadora while working at the sportswear company’s Hawthorn warehouse on two separate occasions in 2009 and 2010.

When interviewed by police in February, 2010, Rolls admitted he was coaching tennis but claimed his clients were not children.

He said Diadora had been sponsoring him to wear their clothes because he was such a well-known tennis coach.

His Tennis Enterprises company was once listed online under “Most popular tennis coaches, Melbourne”.

Defence lawyer Nadia Kaddeche said tennis was Rolls’ life but he had turned his life around since being placed on the state’s sex offenders register.

Ms Kaddeche said Rolls had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety but he had decided to get his life back on track

Judge Barbara Cotterell convicted Rolls on the theft charges and jailed him for five months, wholly suspended for 12 months.

She said if there was ever a time Rolls was going to straighten himself up, it was now.

Rolls was initially convicted for wilful and obscene exposure following an incident with a teenage girl at a Moorabbin tennis club.

He was placed on the sex offenders register and banned from working with children on May 17, 2007, after he was caught loitering near Croydon Secondary College.

He was placed under police surveillance in August 2007 after a tip-off that he was coaching children as young as six. Tennis Australia was notified two days later.

It turned out he was teaching children tennis at clubs in Croydon East, Warburton, Canterbury, Blackburn and Noble Park.

Rolls was arrested on August 30, 2007, and charged with engaging in child-related employment when a convicted sex offender. He was bailed but was caught by police again on September 10 giving a tennis lesson to a 10-year-old girl.

He then spent eight months in custody on remand until May 2008. He walked free from court when a magistrate jailed him for seven months, due to time already served.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/national/fears-sex-offender-coaching-children-20100612-y4rw.html

Fears sex offender coaching children

Mark Russell

June 13, 2010

POLICE suspect a convicted sex offender has been working as a junior tennis coach in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, despite being banned from working with children.

The Whitehorse criminal investigation unit is appealing for anyone with information confirming that Philip Rolls is coaching children to come forward.

Rolls, who advertises on several websites and claims to be one of Melbourne’s most popular tennis coaches, is listed on the state’s sex offenders register and is banned from working with children. He has two business names on the internet promoting tennis coaching lessons.

His Tennis Enterprises company is listed under ”Most popular tennis coaches, Melbourne” on the website http://www.startlocal.com.au, while Phil Rolls Tennis Wise can be found at http://www.truelocal.com and at http://www.aussieweb.com.au.

Police said Rolls, 51, was the subject of an ongoing investigation. He was initially convicted for wilful and obscene exposure following an incident with a teenage girl at a Moorabbin tennis club.

He was placed on the sex offenders register and banned from working with children on May 17, 2007, after he was caught loitering near Croydon Secondary College.

Rolls was placed under police surveillance in August 2007 after a tip-off that he was coaching children as young as six. Tennis Australia was notified two days later.

It turned out he was teaching children tennis at clubs in Croydon East, Warburton, Canterbury, Blackburn and Noble Park.

Rolls was arrested on August 30, 2007, and charged with engaging in child-related employment when a convicted sex offender. He was bailed but was caught by police again on September 10 giving a tennis lesson to a 10-year-old girl.

He then spent nine months in custody on remand until June 2008. He walked free from court when a magistrate jailed him for seven months, due to time already served.

One respected tennis coach who hired Rolls after checking that he was a registered coach was appalled when told about his background. ”I was extremely disappointed with Tennis Australia and Tennis Victoria … Everyone seemed to know what he was up to but no one had the guts to stand up to him.

”How he could still get on that [coaching] register when Tennis Australia had good factual evidence that he was obviously an undesirable person I’ll never know.”

Tennis Australia spokeswoman Prue Ryan said the governing body never accredited Rolls as a tennis coach.

Ms Ryan said if Rolls had been hired by a tennis club affiliated with Tennis Victoria, the club would have been required to obtain a copy of the person’s national police record or a Working With Children Check.

”Tennis Australia strongly encourages all tennis clubs … to exercise care when engaging staff to work with children by undertaking the appropriate background checks,” Ms Ryan said.

It is a criminal offence to work or volunteer in designated fields without a valid check.

Rolls, who has moved out of his Croydon home and had his mobile phone disconnected, could not be contacted last week.

Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to crimestoppers.com.au.

 

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