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A disgraced swim coach who saved more than 1,200 photos and clips of sexually abused children in a Dropbox folder, including young children in a pool locker room, admitted he has a ‘serious problem’ that he ‘needs to fix’.
Mark Andrew Sendecky had been in jail for eight months when he appeared in Sydney District Court via video link from a cell at the Junee Correctional Center on Tuesday morning.
As his attorney Erin Hoile told the court that Sendecky had “ understood ” the seriousness of his crimes since he was arrested, the 39-year-old avoided looking down the camera barrel, opting instead for look into the distance.
His gaze narrowed when Ms Hoile told Judge Helen Syme that he ‘knows’ how to use Dropbox, Twitter and a Snapchat account linked to email username ‘sniffsniff16’ to access the vile images and images that were ‘wrong’.
In March, detectives discovered 23 videos on the file-sharing platform showing boys between the ages of five and 15 being forced to perform depraved acts on each other and adult men, along with 1,227 images of boys between the ages of six and 12 suffering from abuses.
One recording showed four boys between the ages of seven and 14, unaware that they were being filmed as they undressed in a swimming pool locker room.
Mark Sendecky, originally from Victoria, is close with his mother but otherwise has a ‘limited’ support network
He pleaded guilty in September to possessing and controlling child abuse material using a transportation service, and faces between four and 15 years in prison.
The psychologists’ findings read in court Tuesday suggested Sendecky “didn’t have a great idea of the harm done to people and the community,” but his legal team argued otherwise.”It has been necessary until now that I have a serious problem that I need to fix,” Sendecky said, according to Ms. Hoile.
She told the court that the former athlete plans to undergo rehabilitation programs at the prison to try to ensure that he does not relapse.
“Well that’s a good first step,” Judge Helen Syme said, before asking if she was too early to know if Sendecky really felt remorse for his actions.
The 39-year-old has spent the last eight months in custody on remand and is due to be sentenced on Friday
Ms. Hoile explained that her client did not try to hide her identity online or hide the Dropbox folder behind fake email addresses or phone numbers.
She argued that the number of videos showing children being sexually abused was “relatively low” compared to other cases, noting that police did not find any depraved images of babies during a search of their electronic devices.
It is understood that Sendecky will attempt to return to Victoria to be with her mother and her “limited” support network.
Sendecky has not set foot in the community since he was charged because bail officers said he was at risk of reoffending.
He will be sentenced in District Court on Friday morning.
Sendecky is a talented swimmer who previously competed in the National Swimming Championships and has won a variety of competitions throughout his career.
He was the Coach and Marketing Director at Masters Swimming Victoria from 2014 to 2018 and was part of the Melbourne-based LGBTQI + swim team, Glammourhead Sharks.
Mark Sendecky’s lawyer argued that he didn’t try to conceal the Dropbox folder using fake identities
In 2018, she moved to Sydney where she joined the LGBTQI + swim team, Wett Ones.
Masters Swimming Victoria said Sendecky “had no role with children or adolescents while he was associated with our organization” in a statement.
“MSV is saddened by recent media reports about our former member and coach, Mark Sendecky, being charged with crimes,” he said.
‘Mr. Sendecky resigned from his volunteer role as MSV’s technical director in 2018. Since then, he has had no further relationship with MSV.
“The safety of our members is a priority for MSV.”
Each organization cleared their respective social media pages of images and posts with the disgraced coach since his first court date in May.
Sendecky was arrested at his home in Erskineville, in inner-west Sydney, in March after police discovered the files, which date back to November 2019.
His sister-in-law previously told Daily Mail Australia that she knew the case had “something to do with the internet and underage children.”
She said the allegations were “quite upsetting” for his family.
A source previously told Daily Mail Australia that Sendecky was a ‘quiet person’ who kept quiet after moving from Melbourne to Sydney three years ago.
Mark Andrew Sendecky Quick and Facts
- Mark Sendecky, 39, avoided looking at the camera when he appeared in court
- Detectives found 23 videos and 1227 photos showing sickening child abuse
- Used Dropbox and social media account linked to the email ‘sniffsniff16’
- Lawyer argued he knows what he did was wrong but psychologists say otherwise
- Disgraced swim coach is close with his mother, but doesn’t have many friends