A teacher who raped an eight-year-old girl on a desk in a WA primary school has been jailed for 12 years.
Alexander Ian McCooke, 70, will be eligible for parole after 10 years after he was today jailed for 13 child sex offences against two girls between 1997 and 2002.
McCooke was found guilty of the offences following a six-day District Court trial.
One of McCooke's victims was abused as a student during years three and four at a Wheatbelt primary school where he taught until 1998.
The two girls, who did not know each other, claimed McCooke groomed them with elevating levels of inappropriate touching before raping them.
The youngest was just four when the alleged abuse of her began, the court was told.
The victim, who is now 24, told police McCooke began his abuse by touching her over her clothes, then inside her underwear and eventually raped her in the pre-primary room of the school.
He raped her again soon after on a desk in a classroom.
The second girl was abused repeatedly between 2000 and 2002.
Sentencing McCooke this morning, District Court Judge John Staude said the 70-year-old's crimes had deprived his victims of a childhood, stole their innocence and damaged their self-esteem.
He said the offending in both instances had involved a gross breach of trust and had occurred while McCook was in a position of trust and authority.
Judge Staude said McCooke had disgraced the teaching profession, of which he had never deserved to be a part.
He said the nature of McCooke's abuse of his victim was "insidious" and there was no question as to the moral corruption of the victims.
"You groomed the children to get their co-operation and silence in a way that was particularly sinister," Judge Staude told McCooke.
"You have been able to live a normal life while these girls have suffered."