Convicted, now sentenced to 10 years…and she was registered

Another registered teacher is behind bars after sentencing today. Once again showing that the Opposition claims that compulsory teacher registration protects children is a cruel joke.

A female teacher who sexually violated and manipulated a boy was no better than male predators who abused girls, a court heard today.

Stacey Reriti was sentenced to more than 10 years in jail today for her exploitation of a boy who was only 10 when the offending started.

She was found guilty last month on six charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and one charge of doing an indecent act on a minor.

At her sentencing today, the High Court at Wellington heard the boy felt betrayed, and his entire family felt Reriti’s actions would be “a scar” on their lives forever.

Prosecutor Dale LaHood today said aggravating features of Reriti’s offending included the “vulnerability” of the victim.

The boy was especially vulnerable at the time, Mr LaHood said, because one of his parents “was extremely unwell”.

“Far from being a compassionate supporter” of the boy, Reriti manipulated him, the prosecutor said.

“The breach of trust in this case is extreme.”   

Reriti, he said, betrayed her duties as a teacher, a leader, and a deputy principal.

Mr LaHood said Reriti manipulated the boy emotionally.

“The real harm [to] this victim won’t be known for some time.”

The starting point for Reriti’s punishment should be 14-15 years in jail, the prosecutor said.

He suggested Reriti’s gender shouldn’t mean she should escape the sort of punishment a male teacher found guilty of child sex offences would face.

Mitigating features possibly included Reriti’s lack of previous convictions, he said, but the length of her offending against the boy made this arguably irrelevant.

Reriti’s lawyer Stephen Iorns said the disgraced teacher suffered from “serious psychological and psychiatric illness”.

Yep…and she was registered as well as having “serious psychological and psychiatric illness”.

Reriti was guilty of a gross breach of trust that would have long-term impacts on the boy, the school, and the community, the Judge said.

“You have ruined that trust and have caused the victim to be suspicious of female teachers generally.”

Reriti was 20 years older than the victim, he said.

“Nothing in this case mitigates this offending.”

Reriti showed no remorse or understanding of the offending, Justice Woolford said.

Reriti gasped and cried as the verdicts of “guilty” were read out last month.

During the trial, she accused the boy of being a liar and “manipulator”.

Justice Woolford acknowledged Reriti was mentally unwell, and said her offending was less pathological and degrading than in some similar cases.

“It reflected a perturbing view that you were capable of [having a relationship] with a 10-year-old boy.”

For the sexual violation charge, Reriti was sentenced to 10 years, six months in jail.

For indecent assault, she was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

For the other offences, she was sentenced to eight years’ jail, to be served concurrently.

Concurrent sentencing is a joke…she gets 10 years in the slammer when she should be getting twenty one years behind bars.

I await Chris Hipkins calling for the school to be shut down for allowing a kiddy fiddler into the classroom…oh wait…it’s not a charter school.


– NZ Herald

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