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Vic music teacher appeals jail sentence

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

A celebrated Melbourne-based saxophonist has been sentenced to jail for sexually assaulting vulnerable students under the guise of testing breathing techniques.

But Yi "Allan" Yang has also been bailed, because he lodged an immediate appeal of the 16-month prison sentence handed to him on Monday.

The 51-year-old admitted he touched four girls inappropriately and kissed some on the lips, usually during music lessons from 2011 to 2013 when their parents weren't around.

The Kew man's vulnerable victims were aged about seven to 13, the Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard.

"These offences have had terrible consequences for the children and their families," Magistrate Johanna Metcalf said.

Yang placed one girl on a bed and put her legs on his shoulders, also touching her after suggesting he wanted to test her breathing.

His serious and secretive offending "in a situation where there was a power imbalance" undermined his victims' sense of security and trust in the world, and left their parents feeling extremely guilty.

"The offending itself involved a gross breach of the trust placed in Mr Yang," Ms Metcalf said.

Yang, who has amassed significant musical accolades, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of committing an indecent act with a child under 16.

Ms Metcalf said the talented musician would lose his good reputation and would likely never be able to teach children again.

He has been granted bail after lodging an immediate appeal of his sentence, which also includes lifetime registration as a sex offender and an 18-month community-based order to begin after his prison term.

The appeal will come before the Victorian County Court on October 13.

Yang's appeal bail was not opposed by police.

He has agreed to pay compensation to one of his victims, and has no prior convictions.

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