Former cricket coach assaulted boy

Last updated 13:24 09/11/2012
KEVIN KEYS
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KEVIN KEYS: Pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault.

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A former Hutt International Boys' School teacher has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a promising young cricketer he coached in Christchurch in the late 1970s and early 80s.

The Wellington District Court heard today that Kevin Fraser Keys, 59, told police that the offences happened at a time when he was "sexually confused".

Sergeant Barney Soutar said Keys was a coach at the Lancaster Cricket Club in Christchurch when the victim was aged 12 to 14.

Keys became friendly with the boy's family to the extent that he stayed with them for a short time and took the victim on sports trips.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault, one of them a representative charge covering what was alleged to be several incidents between the start of 1979 and the end of 1981 in Christchurch.

Keys was told today that jail was virtually inevitable, but Judge Stephen Harrop agreed to get the reports needed for a sentence of home detention to be imposed.

Keys is on bail until sentencing next month.

He has no previous convictions, the court was told.

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