Ringette coach convicted of sexual exploitation of teen

Kelsea Joy Hepburn enters the Calgary Courts Centre  on February 13, 2013 where she is on trial for...

Kelsea Joy Hepburn enters the Calgary Courts Centre on February 13, 2013 where she is on trial for sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching involving a 13-year-old player on her team. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)

Nadia Moharib, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:29 AM ET

CALGARY – She ran and hid when a teen's mother found the pair with their pants down -- interrupting an apparent romantic moment.

Friday, when a jury found former ringette coach Kelsea Joy Hepburn guilty of sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual touching, she ran from court surrounded by a posse of supporters who shielded her from view before jumping into a waiting SUV.

The jury didn't buy Hepburn's testimony that sexually-laden texts and four incidents, which included kissing and hand-holding, were nothing more than bad judgment.

Instead the four-man, eight-woman jury found there was evidence Hepburn's interactions with the 13-year-old girl, including late night phone calls and a "date" to a hockey game after ringette season, were criminal.

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