Disgraced Wollongong teacher Peter Wouters will have to wait until the middle of June to learn whether a judge will overturn his prison sentence for child pornography possession.
The former St Mary Star of the Sea College music co-ordinator was jailed for 12 months in April by Local Court magistrate Geraldine Beattie after he confessed to having illegal images and videos on his home computer.
Magistrate Beattie said no sentence other than full-time prison was appropriate punishment for the 32-year-old, given the circumstances of the case.
Wouters immediately lodged a formal challenge to the decision, however, was denied appeal bail, and has spent the past three weeks behind bars.
During the appeal hearing in Wollongong District Court on Friday, Wouters's lawyer, Aaron Kernaghan, urged presiding judge Paul Conlon to consider a suspended jail sentence for his client.
He said Wouters had already kick-started his own rehabilitation, having admitted he had a problem and sought treatment prior to his imprisonment.
Judge Conlon admitted the case presented some difficulties in determining whether the local court sentence had been appropriate and said he would need some time to further consider.
He adjourned the case until June 18 for judgment.