PERTH (Australia): A Perth school teacher was sentenced to seven and a half year in prison for abusing two vulnerable teenage girls.
The teacher, who cannot be named, was aged 25 and 26 when she sexually abused two students, aged 13 and 17, between September 2015 and December 2016.
The woman, now aged 29, pleaded guilty to 44 charges, including indecent dealing and sexual penetration of a child under her care, and was sentenced in the West Australian District Court on Friday.
After kissing the 13-year-old girl at the school, the teacher messaged: “I hope that didn’t freak you out.”
Her sexual offending then escalated and included inviting the girl to her home where she was given alcohol and sexually abused.
The girl had no prior sexual experience and the teacher was already in a relationship at the time.
The teacher also bought the girl gifts, including a necklace and cat, and took her out to eat and to the cinema.
During one incident, the 17-year-old girl was given cannabis before she was sexually abused at the teacher’s home.
Suspicions were raised by the mother of the younger girl in March 2016, but the teacher claimed the teenager was lying.
The woman also threatened to take her own life if the teenager told the school principal the truth.
When she was questioned by police, the woman again lied, saying the girl was troubled and making things up.
Prosecutor Jehna Winters said the teacher’s offending was deliberate, calculated and exploitative.
Ms Winters also referred to a third girl, but there were no charges related to her because she was over 16 and not in the teacher’s care.
Judge Ronald Birmingham said a high standard was expected of teachers but the woman had instead acted out her “sexual fantasies” on the girls.
In a letter to the court, the teacher said she was “deeply sorry for the victims”.