THE teaching profession is a noble one, said Justice Salesi Temo as he sentenced a 51-year-old music teacher to 13 years in jail for raping a 13-year-old student.
The man was convicted of a count of rape, one of sexual assault and another of indecent assault.
"A lot of us owe our destiny to the hard, honest work that our teachers have taught us through the years," said Justice Temo.
"Most have passed on but their values stay with us until the end. This case is designed for a few of those that have strayed off course."
According to the facts of the case, the rape took place on May 26, 2012.
Justice Temo, in his sentencing, said the teacher had asked for the student and her sister to come and clean his house.
He said the teacher then asked the girl to massage him, and while she massaged him, the teacher sexually assaulted the girl and raped her.
Justice Temo told the teacher he had violated an important relationship.
He said as a teacher he was supposed to have been the mother, the father, a counsellor and mentor.
The former teacher will become eligible for parole after serving 11 of the 13 years.