“With the fitness classes, there were times when we were in the closet together, or times in the pool when we were intimate,” Oates-Wilding said.
“But usually most of them would have his brother with them and they were used to doing that sort of thing.”
Chris Dawson’s carnal process of knowing revealed that both Dawson brothers had sex with teenage girls on opposite ends of the same pool.
Paul Dawson said he “never” had sex with Oates-Wilding.
“You’d have to ask her why she thought it up,” he said 60 minutes. When asked why his former student would lie, Paul Dawson criticized the media.
“You didn’t want to know before, so why would you want to know now?” Paul said. “I said the allegations are false.”
The Dawson twins had a solid reputation as former rugby league stars for the Newtown Jets in the early 1980s. Oates-Wilding said the Dawsons were idolized by their students.
“They were like superstars,” she said.
“When you have someone who is extremely good looking, a great athlete, extremely personable and charismatic and who gives you attention. I mean you’re 15 or 16 years old.
“So it was exciting, super exciting.”
Oates-Wilding said she was 15 or 16 at the time she was “intimate” with Paul, although it was illegal for a teacher to have sex with a student under the age of 17.
Retired detective Damian Loone was investigating the disappearance of Simms and the case against Chris. He said 60 minutes He spoke to several women who allegedly had sexual contact with Paul Dawson when they were minors.
He described the allegations of group sex with underage girls as “terrible”.
“One guy I know was 16 at the time, that’s for sure,” he said. “The others, if I remember correctly, were students. But what happened was certainly heinous.”
Oates-Wilding later became an Olympic kayaker and now lives in Hawaii to teach resilience to children.
“So if I can make sure there’s no one left to care for them and the kids know, ok, that’s not right, then I feel like I’ve made a positive difference. And that’s my goal,” she said.
Paul Dawson denied having sex with any of his students.
Police launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Northern Beaches students in the 1970s and 80s.
There are no current court cases and former Detective Loone said it was up to the former students whether they wanted to go to the police.
“It’s up to them,” he said.
“Some might feel the power to pursue something now, I don’t know. But we must also take care of the welfare of the victims. And that’s paramount because it’s about their own mental health.”
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