A former Haverhill music teacher and voice coach who got a 13-year-old student pregnant has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison.
The Salem News reports that Joshua Garsteck was sentenced Tuesday seven to eight years for rape of a child and four to five years for sending nude pictures of himself to a second student. The sentences will be served at the same time.
The 34-year-old Garsteck was arrested in 2013.
Garsteck received a prison term even though the mother of the child asked the court that he be spared time behind bars because the now 21-month-old boy needs a father.
Prosecutors sought a sentence below the mandatory minimum but said significant prison time was still warranted.
Garsteck apologized in court.