Nelson school sports coach who had sex with student took advantage, judge says
An talented sportsman, Banse has held various coaching roles in Nelson and with the girl’s school, the name of which has been suppressed.
In a serious indictment of Banse’s offending, judge David Ruth said he “gave [his] own sexual gratification precedence” despite knowing the girl was underage.
From the first school term of this year, Banse concealed his relationship with the year 10 student.
The pair met during sports practice not connected with the school.
Ruth told the court that they would meet after school twice a week after practice.
Banse began asking the girl to change out of her school uniform to avoid identification and they kept in contact via cellphone and Facebook, he said.
“That contact progressed with car rides in your vehicle and kissing.”