A WAVERLEY man who started a sexual relationship with a teenager six months after raping her has been jailed for up to four and a half years.
Stewart George Pyers, 41, was found guilty last week of raping the 14-year-old girl at Waverley in the early hours of November 23, 2002.
The victim, who cannot be named, was walking to a payphone on Regent Street when Pyers came up from behind wearing a mask and pulled her into a nearby garden.
He then violently raped her.
During the trial the jury heard the girl later had a sexual relationship with Pyers without realising he was the perpetrator.
Yesterday in the Supreme Court in Launceston, Justice Robert Pearce found this to be true and said it indicated Pyers' lack of remorse.
The victim only discovered Pyers was the rapist last year when police linked his DNA to a sample taken from the girl following the assault.
At the time Pyers had known police were looking for the rapist after his friend was arrested for it before being cleared by DNA.
Justice Pearce said the fact that the rapist remained undiscovered for so long exacerbated the impact on the victim.
Justice Pearce said Pyers had committed ``an extremely serious crime'' with no mitigating circumstances that left the victim ``psychologically traumatised''.
``The court condemns such predatory, cruel and degrading conduct. Rape is terrifying and deprives female members of the community of the sense of safety and security to which they are entitled,'' he said.
``This rape was a violent act.''
Pyers' jail term is 17 months longer than the average sentence for one count of rape handed down between 2001 to 2011.
The longest in that period was a sentence of five years.
Justice Pearce set a non-parole period of two years and three months.