The South Gauteng High Court on Thursday sentenced Collan Rex, the former Parktown Boys High School water polo coach, to 23 years in prison.
Rex, 23, was in September found guilty of 144 counts of sexual assault and 14 of assault.
A number of boys from the prominent Johannesburg school, aged between 13 and 16 at the time, testified how Rex, who was also a boarding master at the school had choked them in 2016. Others testified that he had touched their genitals during that year.
In his defence‚ Rex said he had meant no harm choking the boys and said “it was merely horseplay”.
Passing a sentence on Thursday, Acting Judge Peet Johnson described Rex as a serial sex offender and a bully.
Johnson said Rex’s actions had a devastating effect on the victims.
He said Rex was like a runaway train which could not have been brought to a stop.
Johnson said if Rex had not been caught, he wondered how many boys he could have sexually assaulted.