A high-school teacher from Hobart has been sentenced to four years in jail after pleading guilty to having sex with five teenage boys. Three of the five youths were students at Rose Bay High School, where Sarah Jayne Vercoe was a science teacher.
Vercoe, 25, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of having sex with boys under the age of 17 and three counts of indecent assault. Vercoe had sex with the boys in a period between December last year and April this year.
Crown prosecutor Madeline Wilson had told the court that Vercoe acted in a predatory manner and had broken the trust that exists between a student and a teacher. She said Vercoe had lured the four boys to her house for group sex after offering them a lift home from a basketball game and that she had sent regular text messages to another victim.
Vercoe will be eligible for parole after two years.