01/17/2014 05:58 EST | Updated 03/19/2014 05:59 EDT

Warren Fertig Trial: Alberta Judge Reserves Sentencing For Former Teacher Who Raped Student

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RED DEER, Alta. - A former central Alberta teacher who pleaded guilty to raping a student nearly 40 years ago will learn his fate in March.

Warren Fertig, who is 73, pleaded guilty in November to one count of rape involving a girl in the 70s.

The woman cried as she recounted what happened to her for three years starting when she was 12, adding what Fertig did to her scarred her for life.

Fertig made a statement saying he wished he could adequately express his remorse and regrets the effect his poor judgment had on her.

The Crown is seeking a prison term between two and four years while the defence wants a two-year conditional sentence to be served in the community with strict conditions and community service.

The judge will sentence Fertig on March 21.

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