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Teacher told girl: 'I know this is wrong'

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016 By Sophie Tarr

A former NSW teacher who pulled a 15-year-old schoolgirl out of class so that he could sexually abuse her has been sentenced to a minimum of seven years behind bars.

The 42-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was a married father-of-two and a trusted careers adviser at a high school in the state's south, Acting Judge Norman Delaney told the Sydney District Court on Friday.

The judge told how the girl had approached her teacher for help getting a job over the summer holidays when he led her into the school's staff room and closed the door behind them.

He then grabbed the frightened student's breasts before putting his hand down the front of her school shorts until she begged him to stop.

The teacher then told his victim: "I swear to God, if you tell anyone I'll kill myself."

Months later, the 15-year-old was preparing for a sports lesson when the teacher told her he needed to see her again.

He took the girl to an empty classroom and reached under her dress before assaulting the victim and telling her: "I know this is wrong."

The teacher asked the girl to come back during her next lesson, and penned a note to a fellow teacher so that she would be able to skip class. But the girl instead went straight to a friend in whom she had confided following the first assault, "crying and shaking".

The victim's classmate convinced her to tell the school's deputy principal.

"She was sobbing and gulping for breath and said, 'No one will believe me'," Acting Judge Delaney said on Friday.

The teacher was arrested within hours and pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault earlier this year.

"He was somebody that people turned to and relied upon to be of good character, to assist them in their future, and he preyed upon that fact ... and on a young woman whose life has basically been destroyed by his actions," Acting Judge Delaney said.

"This was in my opinion an egregious example of these offences."

The judge found that the offending had involved elements of planning. He said the offender had admitted fantasising about his victim for months.

He handed down a sentence of 11 years and nine months, with a non-parole period of seven years, meaning that with time already served the offender will be eligible for parole in February 2022.

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