A convicted sex offender who claimed to be one of Melbourne’s most popular junior tennis coaches has appeared in court today on theft charges.
Philip Rolls, 54, is listed on the state’s sex offenders register and is banned from working with children until 2016.
He appeared in the County Court today for breaching a suspended jail sentence he had received in 2008 when caught loitering near Croydon Secondary College.
Prosecutor Andrew Halse said Rolls was given a two-month jail term, wholly suspended for 24 months, after he was found at the school “with no pants on”.
Rolls had breached the conditions of the suspended jail term to be of good behaviour for 24 months when caught stealing more than $9000 worth of tennis equipment from Diadora while working at the sportswear company’s Hawthorn warehouse on two separate occasions in 2009 and 2010.
When interviewed by police in February, 2010, Rolls admitted he was coaching tennis but claimed his clients were not children.
He said Diadora had been sponsoring him to wear their clothes because he was such a well-known tennis coach.
His Tennis Enterprises company was once listed online under “Most popular tennis coaches, Melbourne”.
Defence lawyer Nadia Kaddeche said tennis was Rolls’ life but he had turned his life around since being placed on the state’s sex offenders register.
Ms Kaddeche said Rolls had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety but he had decided to get his life back on track
Judge Barbara Cotterell convicted Rolls on the theft charges and jailed him for five months, wholly suspended for 12 months.
She said if there was ever a time Rolls was going to straighten himself up, it was now.
Rolls was initially convicted for wilful and obscene exposure following an incident with a teenage girl at a Moorabbin tennis club.
He was placed on the sex offenders register and banned from working with children on May 17, 2007, after he was caught loitering near Croydon Secondary College.
He was placed under police surveillance in August 2007 after a tip-off that he was coaching children as young as six. Tennis Australia was notified two days later.
It turned out he was teaching children tennis at clubs in Croydon East, Warburton, Canterbury, Blackburn and Noble Park.
Rolls was arrested on August 30, 2007, and charged with engaging in child-related employment when a convicted sex offender. He was bailed but was caught by police again on September 10 giving a tennis lesson to a 10-year-old girl.
He then spent eight months in custody on remand until May 2008. He walked free from court when a magistrate jailed him for seven months, due to time already served.
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