A former high school teacher from Humboldt who had a sexual relationship with one of his students has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

John Elder, 58, who pleaded guilty before Court of Queen's Bench Justice Neil Gabrielson last fall to sexual exploitation, has also been sentenced to 12 months probation.

The victim, Alicia Bankowski, first became involved with Elder in 1996 while she attended Humboldt Collegiate High School.

The relationship lasted through the student's high school years and continued after graduation.

Normally the identity of a sex crime victim cannot be made public, but Bankowski, now 29, asked for the publication ban to be lifted and the judge agreed.

The Crown argued earlier this month that a two-year jail term was appropriate because Elder took advantage of a minor and lacked remorse.

The defence argued Bankowksi was almost 18 when the sexual aspect of the relationship began and urged the judge to consider a community-based sentence.

Judge Gabrielson said the overriding issue was the breach of trust in this case, noting that Elder was 47 years old and the girl was just 17 when the offence took place.