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A former music teacher at an exclusive boys school has been jailed for 12 years for the perverted and depraved sexual abuse of a teenage student thirty years ago.

Lindsay William Hutchinson will have to serve at least 10 years behind bars after he was sentenced this morning for 15 offences relating to the sexual abuse of teenage student in the 1980s.

The victim, who was a student of Hutchinson's at Christ Church Grammar School, cried and hugged family and his supporters after the sentence was handed down.

He declined to comment as he left court this morning.

Hutchinson was the music teacher at Christ Church Grammar School from 1981 to 1985 and an organist at St George's Cathedral.

The District Court was told the victim was sexually abused as a 13 and 14-year-old schoolboy on a school camp, country hotel rooms on music tours, the St George deanery and Hutchinon's own home.

District Court judge Patrick O'Neal said the offences, which had included violent rapes and oral sex, showed a "high degree of perversion and depravity" and Hutchinson deliberately chose to work at boys' schools so he could sexually abuse boys.

Judge O'Neal said Hutchinson's offending was brazen, premeditated and involved a breach of trust.

He also said Hutchinson facilitated opportunities to be alone with the boy he wanted to abuse.

During sentencing submissions this morning, State prosecutor David Davidson argued Hutchinson sexually abused the victim with no remorse and for his own sexual gratification.

Defence lawyer Mara Barone said it was accepted Hutchinson was in a position of trust and authority when he sexually abused the victim.
"This is a grave, serious and repeated breach of trust," she said.

She said a psychiatric report found Hutchinson was at a "low to moderate risk of reoffending" but Judge O'Neal rejected this, saying he believed the risk was far higher.

Ms Barone argued the court should impose a sentence which would take into account that prison would be slightly more onerous for Hutchinson, because his family was in Victoria and because of his age.

The court was told Hutchinson abused a school boy while working at British school in England's north and that he was convicted in the 1990s of molesting a male student in South Australia.