Coach posted student explicit texts, court told

Last updated 05:00 21/12/2013

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A South Canterbury sports coach is on trial for an alleged sexual assault against a student.

The man, who has interim name suppression, yesterday defended one charge of indecent assault following an incident last year.

The matter was heard by Judge Joanna Maze in the Timaru District Court and was adjourned to March 21, as the fixture overran the time allocated to it.

The complainant said that when she joined the sports club, the coach asked for her cellphone number for club records.

She started receiving explicit texts from him and she would reply she was not interested as he was a married man.

"He would tell me he wanted to do things to me, that he wanted to kiss me and do sexual things to me."

She stopped replying to his texts and on October 24 last year he asked her to stay behind after class.

"He asked me to come closer to where he was sitting. He grabbed me by the belt and wrapped his legs around my body and said he wanted to kiss me. He grabbed my breast and grabbed my head and pulled my head in and tried to kiss me and said, ‘you know I can do whatever I want to and you can't stop me'."

He momentarily released his grip and she escaped.

In a second instance he came up behind her and kissed her, and then after class called her over to show her a picture on his phone of his penis.

She confided to her friend what had happened and complained to another member of the club.

"He rang me that next night in a panic because club members had spoken to him about it. He said he was sorry and that he had gone too far and that he would not do it again.

"He sent a text and said, ‘just wanted to say sorry I crossed the line. I will never do it again, please don't say anything to anyone about it'."

Police were called by the club and the complainant was interviewed.

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- The Timaru Herald

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