Table tennis coach faces sex charges

00:08, May 23 2011
ACCUSED: Nelson Table Tennis coach Bryan Keane is facing charged with two historical sexual offences.

Nelson Table Tennis coach Bryan Keane has been charged with two historical sexual offences.

Keane, 54, of Stoke faces one charge of unlawful sexual connection in and around 1997 or 1998. He also faces one charge of indecent assault on a male in or around 1987.

Keane appeared in the Nelson District Court last week and was granted bail on strict conditions. His case is scheduled to be called next on June 10.

Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne McCoy, of Nelson, said the complainants were teenagers at the time of the offending and the complaints had been made independently.

McCoy said police inquiries were not complete and they would like to hear from anyone with information relating to Keane.

All details would be treated in confidence and should be directed to Detective Neil Kitchen at Nelson police station on (03) 546 3851.

Table Tennis New Zealand (TTNZ) has sent out an email advising that Keane had resigned from the TTNZ board. Its website says he resigned for personal reasons.

Keane moved to Nelson in 1988 and in 2009 was elected as TTNZ's new board chairman. He was deputy chairman last year.

He has been involved in all aspects of table tennis locally and nationally since he started the sport as a 12-year-old in 1969.


The Nelson Mail