Former deputy principal who abused boy loses appeal

A FORMER Ipswich deputy school principal who took advantage of a mother's request for a male role model for her son has lost his appeal.

Paul Anthony Wruck, who became a teacher after leaving a seminary where he was training for the priesthood, took a 13-year-old boy on camping and fishing trips.

The boy's mother had separated from her husband and sought a male figure in her son's life.

During sentencing, the court heard Wruck, then 25, molested the boy during an overnight trip to the Gold Coast, after an athletics carnival and during camping trips in NSW.

The victim, now a middle-aged man, made a victim impact statement detailing the "profound effects" of the sexual abuse on his life and his ability to have successful relationships.

He was estranged from his parents because he blamed them and he suffered confusion about his sexuality, embarrassment, guilt and an irrational fear of abusing his own children.

Wruck, during a phone call with his victim in 2013, admitted he was ashamed of his behaviour and claimed his own sexual development had been retarded because of years spent in a cloistered all-male environment while training as a Christian Brother.

Wruck, 56, was sentenced to 18 months jail, suspended after four months in custody.

He argued in the Queensland Court of Appeal that there were exceptional circumstances warranting a non-custodial sentence.

Justice Cate Holmes said, in a judgment handed down on Friday, that the sentence was not manifestly excessive.

She said Wruck was young and sexually immature and had led a blameless life over decades since.

But Justice Holmes said that had to be balanced against the "egregious breach of trust" and the lasting harm to the boy.

"The sentence … achieved the necessary balance between the factors," she said.