Adelaide: A former Adelaide private school teacher who groomed one of her male students for sex could be deported after being given a suspended jail sentence.
In the South Australian District Court on Monday, Bettina Schmoock was jailed for 22 months with a non-parole period of 11 months.
Bettina Schmook leaving the District Court after being sentenced in Adelaide. Photo: AAP
However both terms were suspended with the 42-year-old placed on a three-year good behaviour bond.
In sentencing submissions last week the court was told while no sexual activity ever took place, Schmoock had booked a cottage for an encounter with the boy and that her actions could not be considered “mere fantasy”.
Defence counsel said she had been affected by a four-month-long hypomanic episode, as part of her undiagnosed bipolar disorder, at the time of the offending.
In sentencing, Judge Gordon Barrett said he took into account Schmoock’s mental health at the time and that she was unlikely to be able to teach again.
He said he also gave some weight to the apprehension and anxiety caused by her possible deportation with the mother of two not being an Australian citizen.
But he said it would be wrong for him to speculate on the likelihood of her being returned to her native Germany.
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