Coach who sexually assaulted teens jailed

ROB KIDD
Last updated 12:10 08/05/2013

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A cheerleading coach has been jailed for more than two years after sexually violating teens he was supposed to be coaching.

Nikola Michael Marinovich, 26, was sentenced to two years seven months prison at Auckland District Court this morning after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful sexual connection and being found guilty at trial on two counts of sexual violation.

The former executive director of Total Cheerleading drove two girls to Mission Bay, provided them with booze and cannabis and took advantage of a 14-year-old who was "grossly intoxicated" to the point of vomiting in his car.

He also took photos of the two girls before the offending took place.

Another victim was a 15-year-old girl he abused after a one-on-one training session in West Auckland.

As she lay on a gym mat exhausted, Marinovich took advantage of her.

The girl read a victim impact statement via audio link in court today and said there were other complainants who had not come forward.

"Stop kidding yourself that it never happened, that you were in the right and that everyone else around you was making it up," she said.

In sentencing, Judge Russell Collins gave him discounts for his previous good character and efforts at rehabilitation since the offending.

Friends and family in the public gallery cried as a tearful Marinovich was led away.

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