Former Parktown Boys' High School Water Polo Coach was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual violence and three more years for routine attacks.
Collan Rex, 22, initially faced 327 charges. However, he pleaded guilty to 144 counts of sexual assault and 12 counts of common assault. The court has freed him from certain charges.
Judge Peet Johnson said on Thursday that the discretion to impose the sentence was in the hands of a court rather than a probation officer who made a report that Rex had trouble growing up.
"When he condemns a person, the trial looks outside of personal circumstances," he said.
The judge said he also took into account the fact that there were victims who were under the supervision of suicide. He said Rex's conviction was serious and was directly related to his behavior.
"The offenses you were guilty of are serious," he said.
"A serial sexual offender"
"I never met [a case where] the person has been convicted of so many sexual assaults. You can not describe things in any other way than [as] serial sexual offender and sexual abuser, "he said.
Johnson added that the court did not believe Rex did not know the consequences of his actions.
He added that it is necessary to ask whether Rex would continue the activities if the hostess did not make a video that was submitted to the court as evidence.
"A sentence should not be used to destroy you, even though you have not shown mercy to your victims," he said.
Johnson described Rex as a danger to society and children and ordered him to be included in the register of sexual offenses.
The conviction procedure took place at the southeast Gauteng High Court, which was held at the Magistrate's Court in Palm Ridge.
They were initially scheduled for September 17, but were postponed, as the preliminary report on the probation officer was excellent.
"Nothing is wrong with his actions"
Earlier on Thursday, defense attorney William Roberts submitted to the court in the final arguments that the Rex age should be taken into account when determining the sentence.
He put it – because Rex was exposed to a bullying culture, wrestling and touching his sexual organs during his time as a school pupil – he had seen nothing wrong with his actions.
Robertse added that the psychological effects and the impact his victims suffered should not be accused only of Rex. He said the other pupils and teachers who bothered the victims should also be responsible.
Johnson claimed that if Rex did not mean the boys were hurt, why did he burst them?
During the trial, Rex had dried up the boys in their dorms.
State Attorney Arveena Persard claimed that boy depression should be taken into account. She said it was disturbing that some of the victims were on antidepressants because of Rex's actions.
"Unfortunately, we have heard that the matriculation disciple wrote his examinations in a psychiatric institution," Persard said.
Persaed added the Rex judgment, which should reflect that the victims will have to live with trauma for the rest of their lives.
"It is a state's submission to that court that the effects of this crime are not limited to 17 victims," she said.
Persard said the court should at least take into account that it also deals with other siblings who were due to stressful incidents.
The minimum number of people who suffered from this case was 68 people.
The lawyer said it was also a state statement that the accused is a "thoughtful, inhuman, shocking, manipulative and ruthless behavior".