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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Alleged sex offender seen with kids

A security guard at a Melbourne Jewish school who has been charged with multiple sex offences should have his bail revoked because he was seen with children, prosecutors say.

David Cyprys, 43, who was a guard at Yeshivah College in East St Kilda, is charged with 29 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency relating to former students.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Karen Argiropoulos applied to revoke Cyprys's bail after he was allegedly seen with children "on the streets", in breach of a bail condition.
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The court heard that the day when Cyprys was seen on the streets with children was a Jewish holiday.

However, Cyprys's lawyer Stephen Payne said he had seven or eight witnesses who could account for his client's whereabouts between 10am and midnight on that day.

When it was suggested the matter be adjourned, magistrate Luisa Bazzani replied, "You want to put him in jail, but not today?"

Mr Payne also asked that the court vary his client's bail to allow him to visit his synagogue.

The applications to revoke and vary bail will be heard on Wednesday.

Cyprys, a father of two who also runs a locksmith business, is alleged to have committed his offences between 1984 and 1991.

Setting bail in September, Ms Bazzani ordered Cyprys to report to police daily and not have contact with any children under 16 without supervision, including his own children and those of his new partner.

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