SW man charged with child sex offences

Rourke Walsh, Jackson Lavell-Lee and Nicolette BarbasBusselton Dunsborough Times
Police allege Mr Pillage met both victims through his involvement as a player, coach and umpire with community basketball in a South West town
Camera IconPolice allege Mr Pillage met both victims through his involvement as a player, coach and umpire with community basketball in a South West town Credit: Facebook

A South West basketball coach has been charged with child sex offences relating to two teenage girls he allegedly met through community sport.

Dylan Mck Pillage, 26, is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting one of the girls over several months in 2017 and using social media to expose the other to indecent material last year.

Police allege Mr Pillage met both victims through his involvement as a player, coach and umpire with community basketball in a South West town but it is understood he did not directly coach either girl.

He has been charged with eight counts of sexual penetration of a child aged 13 to 16, one count of attempted sexual penetration of a child aged 13 to 16 and one count of using electronic communication to expose a child to indecent matter.

It is understood an investigation was launched after one of the alleged victims made a complaint to police. The second alleged victim came forward at a later date.

South West man Dylan Pillage has been charged with child sex offences.
Camera IconSouth West man Dylan Pillage has been charged with child sex offences. Credit: Facebook

Police say their investigation is continuing and that they want to speak to anyone with information about the case.

The basketball association Mr Pillage was involved with declined to comment.

Mr Pillage appeared in Bunbury Magistrate’s Court for the first time on Friday and was granted a six week adjournment to seek legal advice.

He was released on bail on a $10,000 personal undertaking with a $10,000 surety and will appear in Busselton Magistrate’s Court on August 27.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

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