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Covington youth coach Thomas Hansman pleads guilty in sex crime case involving 16-year-old girl

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COVINGTON, Ky. -- A former volunteer coach with a Covington boy's youth football program accepted a plea deal Thursday in order to have one of the sex charges against him dropped.

Thomas Hansman, who was arrested Aug. 21, pleaded guilty in a Kenton County courtroom to one felony count of using electronic devices to procure a minor to commit a sexual offense.

He agreed to accept the maximum sentence for one of the charges against him in exchange for having a first-degree sex abuse charge dropped, according to Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders.

Investigators discovered more than 2,000 messages between the 27-year-old and a 16-year-old girl on her Facebook account. Many of them expressed his desire for a sexual relationship with her.

In one message, Hansman told the girl he "would love to be the one you lose it to," Det. Nick Klaiss said at Hansman's arraignment in August.

Klaiss said he found multiple messages from Hansman “indicating his desire to have sexual encounters with the victim."

The detective read one exchange that started with a Hansman message in July:

"'I find you attractive and sexy and would love to be the one you 'lose it to,' referencing her virginity. 'But it is hard for me.'

"She responded back on Aug. 3: 'Yeah, so what, you're single. There's nothing wrong with it. You'll find someone sooner or later.'"

Investigators say he did have sexual contact with the teenager on two occasions.

The Diocese of Covington said Hansman was a volunteer middle school football coach for Holy Cross School. Officials said Hansman was immediately removed from his position.

Diocese officials said all employees and volunteers must take “safe environment” training and that Hansman completed the program.

Hansman faces up to five years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender after his release. Sanders says Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kate Bumgarner is recommending the maximum sentence.

A formal sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 24.

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