Former Sebastopol borough mayor Graham Collins, 77, has been sentenced to four years in jail for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl.
Collins was found guilty earlier this year of sexually abusing the family friend near Ballarat between 2014 and 2015.
The victim was aged eight years old at the time and referred to Collins as "Poppy Snow".
The child's mother shed tears during the sentencing, but said she felt like some form of justice had been served.
"I'll be dealing with it for a long time," the mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said.
The mother said the abuse had destroyed her ability to trust those around her.
Actions 'wanton and calculated', judge says
In sentencing, judge James Montgomery said Collins's actions had been incomprehensible, wanton and calculated.
"I'm just amazed that anyone would indulge in this behaviour and expect to get away with it," he said.
The County Court judge told the court Collins had served three terms as the mayor of the now-amalgamated Sebastopol borough.
The perpetrator also had been an honorary member of the CFA for decades, a football umpire and was involved in community fundraising.
The victim's mother said she was disappointed her and her daughter's victims impact statements were not read out in court.
"He shouldn't be decorated as a pillar of his community," she said.
"I wanted people to hear what he'd done to our family."
Collins will serve a minimum of two years and 10 months.
Former mayor Graham Collins jailed for child sexual assault near Ballarat Charlotte King August 08 2017