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Former teacher sentenced for having sex with student

By Jill Kuramoto
Published On: Feb 06 2013 08:53:06 PM HST

An apology is not enough for a Hawaii high school teacher who had sex with a student in his classroom.

HONOLUU -

A former high school teacher charged with having sex with a female student in his classroom was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Wednesday.

At his hearing, Bryan Lindberg, 43, apologized to the victim, his family and his wife.
Lindberg tearfully admitted what he did was inexcusable.

"The betrayal of trust as a person, as a friend, as a teacher. I'm so sorry for that," said Lindberg.

Prosecutors said it was just that -- Lindberg's position as a teacher, tutor and mentor to the then 14-year-old girl that makes what happened over the course of six months especially disturbing.

According to prosecutors, Lindberg was 39 years old and a teacher at Hawaiian Mission Academy in 2008, when he started engaging in sexual activities with the girl he knew from church.

Prosecutors said Lindberg would drive the girl to school and they would have sex in the car and in his classroom before school.

"When they got to the classroom, they would lock the door and go in a storage area next to the classroom where they would engage in a variety of sexual acts," said Deputy Prosecutor Thalia Murphy.

Lindberg is also accused of sexting, videotaping and photographing nude pictures of the girl.

"He was a father figure and yet he manipulated her into thinking it was OK," said Murphy.

Circuit Court Judge Richard Perkins said despite Lindberg's lack of a criminal record, no evidence he's a sexual predator and recommendations by his current therapist and former female students, the judge said as a teacher, Lindberg should have known better.

He gave Lindberg 10 years in jail for the first 11 counts of sex assault, five years for the five other counts, to be served together.

Lindberg also must pay restitution to the family of the young girl.  He spent 15 years as a teacher before this incident.

Lindberg has since lost his job as a teacher and likely will never work as one again.  He also has to register as sex offender.

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