EXCLUSIVE | Paedophile caught running children’s tennis tournaments under fake name
A man sentenced to jail for grooming a nine-year-old girl has been using a fake name to run children’s tennis tournaments in Sydney’s south.
Alex Gollan, a former assistant principal at Homebush Public School, called his young student “cutie”, “beautiful” and “Ms naked” while chatting to her on Facebook.
The former teacher asked her to meet at a swimming pool and even sent her images of naked children.
Gollan was sentenced to a year’s jail after pleading guilty to child grooming and possessing child porn, but was granted bail pending an appeal.
Sources have informed Ray Hadley Gollan changed his name to Alex Stuart and has been running tennis tournaments for “all age groups” in Sydney’s south.
In a statement, Tennis NSW admitted they “only became aware of this situation” when contacted by The Ray Hadley Morning Show.
They have released the following statement (see full statement below):
“They have been in contact with the association to request that the person in question supply a working with children’s check if he wishes to continue running tournaments at the venue.
The association moved very quickly to suspend him from all activities on site.”
Ray says he’ll be taking the matter to the parole board and will question how a man convicted of offences against children could change his name.
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Full statement from Tennis NSW
“Unfortunately, Tennis NSW only became aware of this situation when contacted by your program.
Since then they have been in contact with the association to request that the person in question supply a working with children’s check if he wishes to continue running tournaments at the venue.
The association moved very quickly to suspend him from all activities on site.
The Tennis Australia Integrity and Compliance Unit has forwarded on all information to the Office of Children’s Guardian and will continue to follow up with the relevant authorities.
It is a continued frustration for both Tennis Australia and Tennis NSW that people like this attempt to skirt the rules in this manner.
We require all our members, officials, coaches and staff to hold both working with children’s checks and police checks to try and stamp out exactly this type of behaviour.
Last year we embarked on a nationwide safeguarding children program with the aim of increasing awareness across the country of the necessity of providing a safe environment for children and young people.
We will continue to work with all our members to try and get that message across.”
Image: Facebook (courtesy of SMH)