Music teacher sentenced to 18 months jail for sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl
A music teacher who committed sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl was sentenced to 18 months' jail on Thursday.
James Rohan Fernando, 25, who faced six charges, admitted to three counts of sexual penetration of a minor between December 2011 and March last year.
A district court heard that Fernando, who was teaching in a private school, came to know the victim through online social network Facebook in 2010. She was then 13.
The victim, who the court heard had been diagnosed with autism since she was a child, accepted his friend request as she badly needed someone to talk to. She subsequently became very attached to Fernando and fell in love with him.