Jody Hale was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months, less time served, for internet luring a former student.

He was sentenced in a Grand Falls-Windsor court.

Hale was found guilty last December.

At the time of the incident, Hale was 39 and the female student was 14.

Judge Jacqueline Jenkins summarized the case's facts: Starting in 2010, Hale spent months online messaging with one of his students.

The messages started as friendly banter, but escalated to sexual topics. Hale brought the student gifts and valentine cards to class.

Previously, the girl told the court the relationship left her smothered in fear.

During Wednesday's sentencing, Jenkins said Hale's actions were an abuse of trust and he had little appreciation of the impact his actions had on the victim.

Following his 15 month in jail, less 78 days, Hale will only be permitted around children who are his relatives, and then only with adult supervision.

Hale's name will be added to the sex offender registry.

The Crown was seeking a sentence between 12 and 18 months, while the defence sought 12 months.

Hale was a teacher at Cottrell's Cove Academy when the incidents occurred between December 2011 and March 2012.

Hale is also facing other internet luring charges, involving a different student. That trial will continue May 2.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said Jody Hale pleaded guilty in December. It's been revised to reflect that he was, in fact, found guilty by Judge Jenkins.
    Apr 24, 2014 11:07 AM NT
With files from Lindsay Bird