A former Glenelg district student who engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for more than two years.
The now 23-year-old pleaded guilty in Warrnambool County Court last month to five counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and four counts of an indecent act with a child under 16.
On Friday he was jailed for 30 months with a non-parole period of 15 months.
The man broke down in court as he said goodbye to his family.
He was placed on the sex offenders' registry for life however lawyer Matt Pitkin told the court that an application seeking an exemption would be applied for at a later date.
Judge George Georgiou said that between February and May 2017, the man was 18 when he had a sexual relationship with the 14-year-old child victim.
He said the man and the victim attended the same school and communicated on social media before meeting up at school.
Over a four-month period, the man engaged in sexual acts with, or in the presence of, the child.
Judge Georgiou said the man's behaviour toward the victim was manipulative and placed pressure on her to engage in sexual activity.
"The charged sexual activity was always initiated by you," he told the man.
Referring to case law, the judge said there was a presumption of harm to a child arising from premature sexual activity.
"In your case, having regard to the victim's impact statement, harm did in fact result from your conduct," he said.
The judge said he accepted the man was genuinely remorseful and had apologised to the victim some two years after the offending.
The victim reported the incidents to police the following year.
The judge said that due to a delay in reporting, the man lost the opportunity to be sentenced to a youth justice centre disposition, which he said would have been a "real possibility" if the man had fronted court sooner.
He said the man pleaded guilty to the offending at the earliest opportunity and had very good prospects of rehabilitation.
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