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Vic sex abuse teacher loses appeal bid

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016

A Victorian primary school teacher who sexually abused six of his students during the 1970s has lost a bid to have his jail term slashed.

Robert Leonard Morris pleaded guilty to sex offences against the children and was jailed in March for six years, with a minimum of four years.

Between 1971 and 1977 Morris inappropriately touched children aged six to 13 and made them touch his genitals, his sentencing hearing was told.

The court heard that happened sometimes while they were sitting on his lap while reading in front of classmates.

Morris argued the jail term was "manifestly excessive".

This was despite the sentencing judge indicating that he was mindful that, at the time of offending, the maximum sentence for each charge was five years' imprisonment.

The Court of Appeal on Monday dismissed his appeal - saying the sentencing judge was right to treat the severe, lifelong impact of the assault on the victims with great significance.

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