A former Gisborne high school deputy principal has been jailed for the sexual abuse of a young child.
Norman John Foote appeared in Rotorua District Court this morning for sentencing on six charges of unlawful sexual violation by sexual connection and doing an indecent act on a child, or indecently assaulting a child.
Foote, 65, was found guilty of the charges by a Rotorua jury in September.
He is a former deputy principal at Lytton High School in Gisborne.
The offending dated back to the 1990s and spanned nine years when the victim was aged between five and 13-years-old, the court was told.
The victim, now 25-years-old, read her victim impact statement out to the court, saying how she had trusted Foote and he had taken advantage of her vulnerability.
In later life she suffered chronic fatigue from stress and had turned to drugs to mask the shame she felt about herself, she said.
"I felt destroyed and violated and viewed the world as unsafe," she told the court.
She said she had felt unworthy most of her life because of the sexual abuse.
In sentencing Judge James Weir said the offending was of the most serious kind because of the close relationship of the offender and victim.
"It is accepted without reservation that the acts you committed have contributed to difficulties the victim had later in her life."
The offending included a significant breach of trust often when the accused and victim were alone together, he said.
He was convicted and sentenced to a jail term of nine years.
Foote continued to deny his offending.
In 2005 Foote was convicted and jailed for 10 months for downloading more than 1000 computer images of child pornography.
Foote's 96-year-old mother and brother were both in the court today, together with the victim and her family and friends, for the sentencing.
The victim did not want to comment on the sentence outcome outside court.
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