As a successful mind coach, Sean Patrick Lynch worked with people like the former number 1 golfer in the world, Jason Day. But Lynch also used his skills to nurture a gifted young golfer, the Brisbane District Court has heard.
Lynch, 68, was dubbed “king of the kids” and worked as a golf mentor in Queensland.
However, as a mind coach, the court heard that Lynch was also capable of manipulating a girl into starting a “secret relationship” and convincing her not to share it with anyone, including her family.
“He’s a successful mind coach (with) Jason Day, all these people we’ve heard about,” Crown Prosecutor Chris Cook told the jury during the two-week trial.
“He was able to manipulate the mind of (the girl) not to tell her family about it.
“She didn’t say anything because she trusted that everything Mr. Lynch did was in her best interest.”
During an alleged incident, Lynch told her that “he was glad it stopped, but that it would help her play golf so much”.
Lynch was accused of gaining the girl’s trust before engaging in multiple indecent acts from April 2017 to December 2019.
Lynch exchanged text messages and phone calls with the girl, continued to “dirty talk” and showed her pornography, Mr Cook said.
Sometimes she even stayed at his home in Brisbane with his family in a downstairs guest room.
A series of texts between Lynch and the girl were shown in the courtroom.
‘Watching her eyes’
In one exchange, the girl described something as “just beautiful” and Lynch replied “like you”.
When asked if this was an example of his grooming, Lynch described it as a “normal reaction.”
“To a 13-year-old girl?” asked Mr Cook.
“Yes, in my world,” Lynch replied.
The girl described Lynch as “sexy” in another text.
“At no point did you tell her that this is an inappropriate conversation between a 60-year-old man and a 13-year-old child?” asked Mr Cook.
“No,” Lynch said.
The girl finally went to the police in December 2019 after confiding in her family in tears.
“She cried her eyes out,” the girl’s grandfather told the court.
“She did say… Sean had made her say it was her fault and that’s why she was afraid to come and tell her family.”
She called Lynch after speaking to police who recorded the phone call.
A fragment of the appeal was played before the jury in which the girl asked if Lynch could remember any of the indecent acts.
“We didn’t go too far in that. I was weak… everything that happened, we can just forget all those things,” Lynch said.
The girl replied in tears, “But I can’t.”
Lynch pleaded not guilty to 11 charges.
The jury, which began deliberating Thursday morning, found Lynch guilty on five charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16 under supervision.
He was also found guilty of grooming and one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16.
Four of the guilty verdicts were by majority vote after the jury was returned for further deliberation late Friday afternoon.
However, Lynch was found not guilty of possession of child exploitation material and three other charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16.
He will be sentenced in November by Judge Vicki Loury.