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Handball coach sentenced over teen love

A former handball manager has been given a suspended sentence for starting a relationship with a teenager.

Renata C. pleaded guilty and accepted the 22-month suspended prison sentence in Wiener Neustadtís Provincial Court yesterday (Weds).

The 42-year-old Croat, who settled in Austria some years ago, was sacked as coach of a local handball youth team after it emerged that one of the players was sleeping with her.

The teenager's stepdad Stefan U. informed police after his son admitted to him that he was having a relationship with the woman.

Prosecutors decided to take Renata C. to court since the boy was 13 years old when they started dating. The woman would not have faced a trial had they waited half a year since 14 years of age is the legal watershed for relationships with adults for young people in Austria.

The unnamed teenager, who was called to the witness stand yesterday, recently moved in with the former handball coach. His mother Judith U. accepts the relationship, according to reports.

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