A teacher jailed for sexual relationships with two young students will be out of prison after 10 months behind bars.
Former Marlborough Boys’ College teacher and wellbeing co-ordinator Jaimee Marie Cooney, 38, last year pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with minors, two students aged under 16, and two counts of sending indecent material in 2017 and 2018.
She targeted several other boys in her 12 years at the school, but they were older than the age of consent.
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Cooney was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years imprisonment and became eligible for parole on October 17.
Cooney appeared before the Parole Board on Friday. She was approved for release later this month with yet-to-be-revealed conditions.
At an earlier parole hearing on October 7, Cooney’s lawyer Miriam Radich said Cooney had been a model prisoner.
She was described as a low-risk offender. Her sentence would end on June 16, 2022.
Radich argued Cooney met the statutory test for release, given her good behaviour and the support shown by her family. A support person was at the hearing.
Cooney had started working towards rehabilitation while in jail, but the sex offender treatment she required was not available to her in prison. Cooney knew she needed more treatment, Radich said.
The Parole Board asked for a psychological risk assessment to help them decide on parole, but the report had not been finished by the October hearing.
The Parole Board agreed to delay that hearing until the psychological report was ready.
The report from Friday’s hearing will likely be released next week.
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