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SA basketball manager groomed players

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SA basketball manager groomed players

Victims of a South Australian basketball team manager who groomed four underage players say they were blind to his "predatory and manipulative" manner.
The District Court heard Tyler Stringer continually requested to sleep in the boys' beds and asked to see their genitals while assuring them "this is what friends do".
The 25-year-old is behind bars awaiting sentence after he was earlier this year found guilty of three counts of gross indecency and two counts of making a child amenable to sexual activity.
In victim impact statements read to the court on Wednesday, the boys said they became friends with Stringer after an interstate tournament.
"The accused was not just a team manager, but he became a close friend who I enjoyed spending time with," one 14-year-old victim said.
"When I found out that how he was treating me and interacting with me was not right and also illegal due to my age, I felt very confused, stupid and betrayed. I thought he was my friend."
The boy said Stringer's offending had affected the way he viewed basketball.
"I have lost my love, passion and desire for the game because I have resented it ever since," he said.
Another victim's mother said Stringer was welcomed into their home and treated like a member of the family.
"I nor anyone else saw the predatory and manipulative manner in which he operated," she said.
"This one person's selfish actions have sent my family's life through a trauma that I wouldn't wish on anyone."
Jane Powell, for Stringer, told the court her client accepted the verdict of the jury but should receive a shorter non-parole period than usual because of his age, clean criminal record and good character references.
Ms Powell said Stringer pursued friendship

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