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Child abuse teacher's sentence shortened

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/03/2017

A primary school teacher jailed for grooming and sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy has been granted a shorter sentence after a court allowed her appeal.

Stacey Reriti, 31, is now sentenced to nine years and nine months jail after The Court of Appeal on Thursday quashed her previous sentence of 10 years and six months imprisonment.

Justice Anthony Randerson granted Reriti's appeal against her sentence, saying a greater discount should have been given to reflect her mental health struggles at the time of her 2015 trial.

Reriti was originally found guilty in the High Court at Wellington of seven sexual assaults for a three-year relationship with the schoolboy while he was a student at her school.

The former deputy principal of Natone Park School in Wellington, developed a relationship with the boy while his father was ill.

She gave him a mobile phone and their relationship became sexual with regular incidents of oral sex before progressing to full sexual intercourse in a motel room when he was 12.

In The Court of Appeal, Reriti claimed she had not received adequate legal advice about her 2015 sentence indication and had poor mental health throughout the trial and indication processes.

However, Judge Randerson said Reriti was an intelligent person who understood what was being told to her and had been clearly advised at the time.

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