WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Leicester Middle School music teacher has been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for raping one of his 12-year-old students.

David Gilman was sentenced Thursday in Worcester Superior Court following his conviction last week on charges of child rape aggravated by age difference and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child by a mandated reporter.

The sexual assaults occurred between October and December 2009 at the school where Gilman, 44, of Brookfield, had worked for 15 years, prosecutors said.

The victim, now 16, testified that Gilman kissed and fondled her in a music room and band room at the middle school. He also engaged in sexually explicit Internet conversations with the girl, the Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/15o72jt ) reported.

The girl's mother said in a victim impact statement that Gilman preyed on an impressionable girl who trusted him.

"The past four years have been the hardest emotionally, physically and mentally on our family," the victim's mother said in a statement read by the assistant district attorney. "He skillfully manipulated her."

Gilman's lawyer, Michael Cashman, said his client's judgment was clouded by alcohol abuse at the time, and he has since given up alcohol, making him a better father and husband.

"Your honor, I regret anything that has happened and I sincerely wish I could take back and I would like to apologize to the family for any harm I have caused," Gilman said.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com