The junior basketball coach accused of sexually penetrating a 14-year-old girl he met while umpiring her games in the State’s south has been found not guilty. Nannup man Dylan Mck Pillage, 27, had been charged with a string of sex offences after being accused of picking the underage basketball player up and driving her out to quiet creeks and parks to have sex with her a number of times over a year. But a jury cleared the man, who was a coach and umpire at the Nannup Basketball Association, of all charges on Friday after his defence argued there were holes in the prosecution’s evidence, including the alleged victim getting the type of car it was said to have happened in wrong and forgetting how old she was when the incidents allegedly occurred. During the five-day trial in Busselton District Court this week, State prosecutor Darryl Carlson argued Mr Pillage had sexually penetrated the girl eight times over 12 months from March 2017 and had attempted to have sex with her on one other occasion but she rejected his advances. Mr Carson argued the man would pick her up from her Nannup home and drive her to either Barrabup Pool creek and Nannup Arboretum amphitheatre, where he would penetrate her in public or in the car. Mr Pillage had also been accused of sending her naked images on picture sharing application Snapchat. A police interview from 2020 — when the allegations were made — was shown during the trial, in which the young girl gave a detailed recount of each of the nine times he was alleged to have picked her up. But defence lawyer Michael Devlin said the 14-year-old’s evidence was full of holes, including her being unsure of what her age was at the time it was said to have occurred and failing to pinpoint the exact time of year they occurred. During the interview, the young girl also incorrectly stated the car she had been in at the time, with the court hearing Mr Pillage had purchased a new car half way through the alleged encounters. In giving his closing statement, Mr Devlin hinged his argument on the police interview, telling the jury of 12 its lack of “truthfulness, reliability and accuracy” had created reasonable doubt. “Reasonable doubt does exist in this case, if you’re looking for certainty you won’t find it,” he said. “He cannot marshal evidence other than to deny it. “What else can he do?” Mr Pillage’s family broke into tears when the jury handed down its verdict of not guilty to all nine charges on Friday and hugged each other outside the Busselton courthouse. The trial came after another 10-day trial in March, when a jury was unable to reach a verdict. Mr Pillage was accused of eight counts of sexual penetration of a teenage and one further attempt, with an additional count of using electronic communication to expose a child to indecent matter.