Sydney swim coach Mark Sendecky had 1200 photos of boys being molested says he has a serious problem

Sydney swim coach Mark Sendecky had 1200 photos of boys


Pictured: Mark Sendecky, 39

Pictured: Mark Sendecky, 39

A disgraced swim coach who kept more than 1200 photos and clips of kids being molested in a Dropbox folder – including young boys in a pool changeroom – has admitted he’s got a ‘serious problem’ he ‘needs to fix’.

Mark Andrew Sendecky had been in jail for eight months when he appeared in Sydney’s District Court via videolink from a cell in Junee Correctional Centre on Tuesday morning.

As his barrister Erin Hoile told the court Sendecky had ‘gained insight’ into the severity of his crimes since going into custody, the 39-year-old avoided looking down the barrel of the camera – opting instead to gaze into the distance.

His eye-line dropped as Ms Hoile told Judge Helen Syme that he ‘knows’ using  Dropbox, Twitter and a Snapchat account linked to the email username ‘sniffsniff16’ to access the vile footage and images was ‘wrong’.

In March, detectives uncovered 23 videos on the file-sharing platform showing boys between five and 15 being forced to perform depraved acts on each other and grown men, along with 1227 images of children between six and 12 being abused.

One recording showed four boys between seven and 14, who did not know they were being filmed while undressing in changerooms at a swimming pool.  

Mark Sendecky (pictured) was a swim coach before detectives found images and videos of children being abused in a Dropbox folder

Mark Sendecky (pictured) was a swim coach before detectives found images and videos of children being abused in a Dropbox folder

Mark Sendecky, originally from Victoria, is close with his mother but otherwise has a 'limited' support network

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 carriage service, and faces between four and 15 years in jail. 

Psychologist findings read to the court on Tuesday suggested Sendecky had ‘no great insight into the harm perpetrated to individuals and to the community’, but his legal team argued the opposite.

‘It’s taken until now that I’ve got a serious problem that I need to fix,’ Sendecky said, according to Ms Hoile.

She told the court the former athlete plans to undergo prison rehabilitation programs to try and ensure he doesn’t reoffend.

‘Well that’s a good first step,’ Judge Helen Syme said, before asking whether it was too early to tell whether Sendecky really felt remorse for his actions.

The 39-year-old (pictured) has spent the last eight months in custody on remand and is due to be sentenced on Friday

The 39-year-old (pictured) has spent the last eight months in custody on remand and is due to be sentenced on Friday

Ms Hoile explained her client didn’t try to conceal his identity online, or hide the Dropbox folder behind false email addresses or phone numbers.

She argued the number of videos that showed children being molested was ‘relatively low’ compared to other cases, and pointed out that police didn’t find any depraved images of babies during a search of his electronics.

It is understood Sendecky will try and move back to Victoria to be with his mother and his ‘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 at the District Court on Friday morning. 

Sendecky is a talented swimmer who previously competed in the National Swimming Championships and has won a range of competitions throughout his career.

He was a coaching and marketing director at Masters Swimming Victoria between 2014 and 2018 and was a part of 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

Mark Sendecky’s lawyer argued that he didn’t try to conceal the Dropbox folder using fake identities

In 2018, he moved to Sydney where he joined LGBTQI+ swim team, Wett Ones.

Masters Swimming Victoria said Sendecky had ‘no role with children or adolescents while he was associated with our organisation’ in a statement. 

‘MSV is saddened by recent media reports about our former member and coach, Mark Sendecky, being charged with offences,’ it said.

‘Mr Sendecky resigned from his volunteer role as Coaching Director with MSV in 2018. He has had no further association with MSV since that time. 

‘The safety of our members is a priority for MSV.’  

Each organisation scrubbed their respective social media pages clean of images and posts featuring the disgraced coach since his first court date in May.  

Sendecky was arrested at his home in Erskineville, in Sydney’s inner-west, in March after police discovered the files, which dated back to November 2019. 

His sister-in-law previously told Daily Mail Australia she knew the case had ‘something to do with the internet and underage children’.

She said the allegations were ‘pretty upsetting’ for her family.

A source previously told Daily Mail Australia Sendecky was a ‘quiet person’ who kept to himself after moving from Melbourne to Sydney three years ago.



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