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Female teacher who had sex with boy in motel to spend years behind bars

A Porirua teacher who sexually violated a 10-year-old boy has been sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars.

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Stacey Reriti, 31, was found guilty last month on seven sexual abuse charges committed over a three year period.

The jury rejected Ms Reriti's claim the boy was lying.

Justice Mark Woolford told the High Court in Wellington Ms Reriti's "opportunistic grooming" and sexual abuse was a "gross breach of trust" and equated to rape.

Justice Woolford said the former Natone Park teacher frequently sent the boy sexually explicit text messages as well as manipulating the boy into oral sex acts.

This escalated to sexual intercourse at Paraparaumu Motel when the boy was 12-years-old, the court heard.

Justice Woolford said the boy's victim impact statement said he felt "his childhood had been taken away from him" and her actions had "devastated the tight-knit school community".

He said Ms Rereti showed "no remorse or understanding of the offending" and sentenced her to 10-and-a-half years in jail with no minimum sentence.