A high-ranking water polo official and former teacher on the Sunshine Coast has allegedly been caught with child abuse material.
Dean Carelse, 40, has been charged with possessing and distributing child exploitation material after a raid on a home in Mooloolaba last week.
On Sunday, Water Polo Queensland (WPQ) advised Carelse was suspended immediately from his role as the Sunshine Coast’s game development and competitions officer.
The reason given was because Carelse had “been charged with serious criminal offences”.
The organisation said there was “nothing to indicate” any junior water polo players had been harmed.
“WPQ would like to reassure all of our members that the safety and welfare of our junior members is of paramount importance and safeguarding our people remains our priority,” a statement read.
“WPQ are committed to continuing to to provide the support necessary to ensure the protection and wellbeing of all children within our sport.”
Carelse was also a water polo coach at the time he was charged.
He has been the rugby and water polo coach at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, according to his Facebook profile.
And he taught maths and science at the prestigious Sunshine Coast school.
7NEWS.com.au has contacted the school for comment.
Police are seeking to identify Carelse’s alleged victims.
“Police are appealing for potential victims to come forward as part of ongoing investigations into a male sporting coach allegedly found in possession of child exploitation material,” police said in a statement.
“The man is a former teacher at a Sunshine Coast private school and current coach within a major water sports association.
“Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have had interactions with the man or know of any potential victims to come forward with further information.”
Carelse is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on May 5.