A former teacher has been sentenced to 12 years jail for sexually abusing two young girls, including a student who he raped on school grounds.
Alexander Ian McCook, now aged 70, committed the offences in a primary school in the Wheatbelt, starting in 1997 when the victim was eight-years-old.
His other victim was four-years-old when the abuse started.
A jury found McCook guilty of 13 child sex offences against the two girls between 1997 and 2002.
The offences against the student included him raping her on a classroom desk.
The Perth District Court heard McCook, who's been married 48 years, groomed both victims.
Defence lawyer Gary Rodgers provided character references to the court and argued McCook’s age should be taken into account when sentencing.
He also told the court that McCook was a “well liked man” who had contributed to society.
However, in sentencing McCook today, Judge John Staude said there were no mitigating factors, even in his personal circumstances.
He also pointed to the fact McCook had no remorse.
“In fact, you have had a complete lack of remorse,” he said.
"It might be said your reputation over the past 10 years is undeserved. You have been able to live a normal life while these girls have suffered.
“Your offending behaviour will have profoundly shocked those who thought so highly of you.”
Judge Staude said both cases had involved prolonged sexual abuse over a number of years and deprived the victims of their childhoods.
He said in the case of the student, McCook overpowered the victim mentally and physically by virtue of his position of authority over her.
McCook will be eligible for parole in 10 years.