A former primary teacher at a private Perth primary school convicted of molesting young boys in his class has again been sentenced to five years in jail following a retrial.

The 60-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by a District Court jury this week of six counts of indecently dealing with three nine-year-old boys from 1999 to 2001.

In 2010, the man was convicted of 13 counts and jailed for five years for molesting five students when he was a year 4 and 5 teacher.

However, the Court of Appeal granted a retrial on six counts after it found the trial judge had erred in not adequately warning the jury about historic allegations.

Today, Judge John Staude decided to reinstate the man's original sentence, despite the man's defence lawyer Tom Percy urging mercy because his client had been in limbo for more than two years.

Judge Staude said the boys were "groomed by praise, encouragement and gifts."

He said the man had exploited the boys' vulnerability in a "cruel and sustained manner for your own gratification."

Judge Staude said the man had showed an "unwillingness to face the truth and take responsibility."

He said the man's offending had unfortunately undermined confidence in male teachers throughout the education system.

Judge Staude said the man's prospects for rehabilitation were poor because he had showed no remorse and continued to deny his crimes.

He said the man would be eligible for parole in June next year.

The West Australian

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