A Corrimal High School teacher who had sex with two teenage students will spend at least one year and eight months behind bars.
Kurt Majoor, 25, had spent 290 days in jail by the time he faced a sentencing judge at Wollongong District Court, Thursday afternoon.
In a decision handed down minutes ago, Judge Andrew Haesler convicted the former PE teacher of two counts of sexual intercourse with a person under his care.
Judge rejects suggestion there was "a degree of complicity" from teens. "The fact that each of the complainants were children, each of them were students in a school where the offender was a teacher put them in a position where all responsibility had to be taken by [Majoor]".— Angela Thompson (@AngelaThomps0n) December 7, 2017
The judge considered victim impact statements from the teenage girls involved, including a 16-year-old student whose mother spoke on her behalf. The teen said her mental health had deteriorated, and she required counselling for depression, anxiety and anger management problems. She said other students had told her to kill herself, and she had been forced to change schools.
"I don't feel comfortable in my own skin ... I've been called all the names under the sun including 'snitch' and 'slut'," she said.
Majoor, 25, sent an Instagram message inquiring about the girl’s wellbeing in late-2016. This led to their meeting at Corrimal Beach one night, where they had sex in his car.
The teen told friends about the encounter but did not disclose anything to authorities until another student, aged 17, reported having sex with Majoor in sand dunes at Bellambi in February.
Both teens had surpassed the age of consent at the time of the offences.
Sixteen supporters attended court for Majoor, once a star local cricketer and lifesaver. His lawyer tendered multiple character references and a newspaper clipping from 2015, when he won a bravery award for saving a woman from a burning house in Corrimal.
"In many ways he has done more damage to himself than he did to others ... He has destroyed his life,” his lawyer said. “It's absolutely gone. Everybody he meets he has to look them in the eye and see if they know or don't know.”
Crown prosecutor Jillian Walshe condemned as "extremely problematic" a psychologist's report suggesting over-the-counter supplements – used by Majoor to build his physique in line with the demands of fast-bowling – had "contributed is some way to this offending".
The court heard Majoor was in limited association with other prisoners due to the sexual nature of his offending.
He was teaching literacy classes and physical education in prison, the court heard.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Haesler said Majoor struggled to acknowledge the harm he had caused the teens.
The judge rejected suggestions there was "a degree of complicity" from the teens.
"The fact that each of the complainants were children, each of them were students in a school where the offender was a teacher, put them in a position where all responsibility had to be taken by [Majoor]".
The judge sentenced Majoor to a total term of three years, four months imprisonment. With time already served, he will become eligible for parole on October 20, 2018.