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Ex-Hobart teacher jailed for scholar abuse

A inclined Hobart science teacher will use as minute as 18 months in jail for again and again sexually abusing a three hundred and sixty five days 9 scholar twenty years ago.

Marcus James Pollard, 63, abused the 15-three hundred and sixty five days-worn lady at Rose Bay High College, the place aside he worked, and his dwelling in the slack 1990s.

Over a duration spanning months, he would kiss and touch her in the college’s pictures room as a lot as two-or-three conditions a week.

He also met the girl on the college in the 1998 summer holidays, drove her in his ute to his dwelling and abused her.

“There modified into a sustained path of sexual abuse over several months interesting an appalling breach of belief and months of unhurried grooming,” Justice Alan Blow acknowledged all the device in which through sentencing in Hobart Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Pollard, who earlier pleaded guilty to 1 count of chronic sexual abuse of an adolescent, modified into jailed for 3 years with a non-parole duration of 18 months.

He collapsed in the dock after the sentence modified into read out.

Justice Blow acknowledged Pollard had severe psychological complications when he offended, modified into lonely, unhappy with work and suffering badly from despair.

The grab well-liked Pollard’s friendship with the girl, now not factual his sexual actions, modified into assembly an emotional need and his judgment “modified into clouded” due to this.

“I compile he place now not need offended but for the tell of his mental health all the device in which through the months in inquire,” Justice Blow told the court.

One in all the basic conditions of abuse passed off when Pollard kissed the girl on the lips in his tell of enterprise after months of shut contact the place aside he would brush up against her.

Pollard extra abused the girl on a college camp, kissing her in his tent whereas carrying most full of life lingerie.

He lost his job on the college after the girl raised abuse allegations in 2000 with the tell education department.

“It’s miles evident that Pollard’s abuse has led to unsightly psychological suffering over decades,” Justice Blow acknowledged.

“The complainant feared Mr Pollard would intervene alongside with her marks and thus her future career.”

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