Thomas Hansman: Covington volunteer coach had sexual contact with 16-year-old girl, detective says

Pair allegedly exchanged 2,000 text messages

COVINGTON, Ky. - A Covington volunteer football coach admitting having sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl and exchanged more than 2,000 text messages with her, a detective said in court Thursday.

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.

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

Klaiss 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.' "

Hansman was arrested last week on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and using electronic communications to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities.

After Hansman missed his arraignment Wednesday, his lawyers had hoped to avoid a hearing and send the case to a grand jury. But Judge Ken Easterling put his foot down.

"The citizens of this county have a right to know what's going on in this community and I as the person who has to ensure that protection issues by way of bond are going to have a hearing. So, have a seat," Easterling said.

The judge allowed Hansman to remain free on $5,000 bond while a grand jury hears his case.

His attorneys said Hansman missed Wednesday's hearing because he didn't know he was supposed to be there.

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.

The Diocese of Covington encourages any other victims to contact the Covington police and/or the diocesan victims’ assistance coordinator, Margaret Schack, 859-392-1515.

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