A piano teacher turned vicar was jailed on his 44th wedding anniversary for groping a former pupil.
Neil Thompson, 65, abused a teenage girl he had been trusted to teach in Cheshire in 1972, when he was 21.
She said she will never forgive him for taking away her childhood.
Thompson, who now lives in Poole in Dorset, is also now a vicar.
His victim said she still worried to this day what he might do to other children when in a position of power.
Judge Tina Landale said: “You were in a position of trust in the girl’s home and you repeated the offence a second time.
“After you had been caught your offending ceased and you have led an exemplary life, servicing the community in many ways.
“But you have been disgraced by this conviction and you have lost your reputation.”
Thompson carried out his attack at the girl’s home in Knutsford between January 10 and July 31, 1972.
He had been trusted to teach the victim the piano by her mother.
While she was playing, Thompson put his arm around the 14-year-old before touching and groping her breasts.
She then sat on a separate stool, but it did not deter Thompson as he moved the seat close to her and groped her again.
It was only then the brave victim was able to tell her mother what had happened in more detail and her tutor was dismissed.
'They are soulmates'
Nick Robinson, defending, made a desperate plea for his client to avoid a prison sentence.
He said: “With respect Your Honour, he is not 21 years of age, the man in the dock is 65. There is no need to rehabilitate him due to his age. In light of the 44 years since the offence, during which he has made a significant and positive contribution to the lives of others and, given the degree to which his life has moved on, Your Honour is invited not to send him to prison.
"His health is fragile to the extent he has contemplated suicide; the trial has been costly to him, his reputation is disgraced which constitutes to a degree of punishment.
“The reality is this case over the last 16 months has also massively affected his wife. They have been married for 44 years today, they are soulmates.
“Without him she is fearful about her ability to cope.”
'I will never forgive him'
Matthew Corbett-Jones, prosecuting, read out a statement on behalf of the victim.
She said: “He took away my innocence at the time when I was just going through puberty.
"I will never forgive him.
“I’ve been affected all my life by what he did to me. I remember feeling ashamed and most of all frightened.
“Having found out that he is now a vicar, I am horrified about him being in a position of power.”
The victim came forward decades later because she felt it was the ‘right thing to do’.
Thompson, of Furzebrook Close, Poole, was convicted on two counts of indecent assault by majority verdict at Warrington Crown Court on August 16.
He was jailed for six months for each offence, which will run consecutively.
'He is shamed by his conviction'
Mr Robinson said: “This was absolutely an aberration. Afterwards there were thousands of children he had contact with and there are no other allegations. He was a man off good character, which he has now lost. This is somebody who has behaved in a way that is so out of character. He is shamed by this conviction.”
The 65-year-old was cleared of two other accusations of indecent assault from a different woman in the same year.