Elementary school teacher Shane Matthews (above) was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison on Monday on charges of child sexual abuse.
An elementary school pedophile teacher who sexually abused students as young as ten years old in the classroom sent letters to his victims while they were in jail.
Shane Andrew Matthews, 31, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to 33 counts of child sexual abuse, possession of child pornography and grooming of minor children between 2012 and 2015 in the southwest of Sydney.
The handwritten letters were very similar in content, with Matthews telling nine of the students "I need help, serious help," according to The Daily Telegraph.
He told three of his victims that he would not explain his actions since that would be a "detriment" to them.
Matthews, according to the publication, also told many of his victims: "I was your teacher and friend, and I manipulated and used that relationship in the most horrible way.
I'll regret what I've done for the rest of my life.
He also told some of his victims that they did the right thing by introducing themselves.
The court documents seen by Daily Mail Australia show how Matthews would approach the parents at Wattle Grove Public School in south-west Sydney and ask them to provide individual tutoring to their children.
During these one-on-one sessions during lunch and recess, he would abuse his victims.
But after he left the classroom, Matthews "would send shocking text messages about his 'childish sexual fantasies' to other pedophiles.
Matthews (pictured) pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 15 students during his time teaching at Wattle Grove Public School in West Sydney between 2012 and 2015.
During a raid on the school teacher's house in 2016, police discovered text messages on his phone, where Matthews discussed his fantasies with students of his own class.
The court documents indicated that the text exchanges were made between the teacher and another man, with whom he had previously had a sexual relationship.
In some of the texts, Matthews talked about the children he had abused in his class.
In others, he demanded that his former lover send videos of child pornography.
Matthews (after receiving the video) even asked: "Do you have anything younger?"
During other text message exchanges, the other man told Matthews that he believed he "should stop watching them (videos of child pornography)."
In response, the teacher said: "Why … is not he hurting anyone? & # 39;
Matthews also bragged through the text that his ideal age for young children was "probably 9/10".
In the ruling in the local Campbelltown court on Monday, Judge Jennifer English said that Matthews had acted as a "predator."
In all, he admitted to sexually abusing 15 students while teaching at the school between 2012 and 2015, admitted that he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 15 of his students during his time at school between 2012 and 2015.
During a raid on the school teacher's house in 2016, police discovered text messages between Matthews and a former lover in which they discussed "how far they would go" with young children.
During future exchanges, the man told Matthews that he believed he "should stop watching them (videos of child pornography)." In response Matthews said: "Why is not he hurting anyone?"
Matthews asked his ex-lover to send him videos of child pornography through text (in the photo)
Judge English's comments contrast with the reputation that Matthews developed in his three years of working at the school.
During his trial, the court heard that the students considered him a "great" teacher and that the parents considered him a "good teacher."
He used to celebrate "superhero days" where he and the children dressed and played with his class in the school playground.
But it was this person Matthews used to point to the children he wanted to fix.
THE CHRONOGRAM OF ABUSE OF SHANE MATTHEWS:
2012-2015: Shane Andrew Matthews abuses 15 male students at Sydney elementary school
2015: A former student, now in year 10, reveals a story of abuse by Matthews
2015: Police investigations discover that another 14 children were abused
2016: Matthews charged with 33 counts of child sexual abuse
May 2018: Matthews pleads guilty to 33 counts
August 2018: Matthews is sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison
On several occasions, the young teacher called the parents to private meetings about his son's progress.
During these meetings, I often asked to provide additional private tutoring in an effort to help your child's development.
But when the children stayed to study one by one, Matthews took advantage of them.
Court documents reveal that he often "knelt down next to the students … (and) put one of his hands on the upper thigh outside of the shorts".
& # 39; Are you okay with this? & # 39; the teacher would then ask.
But even when the students responded that they found the behavior "distracted" or responded "no," Matthews used to continue.
On several occasions, Matthews had meetings with the parents of the Wattle Grove Public School students (pictured). He told them that their children needed tutoring. It was during these one-on-one sessions that I would often abuse children
Matthews was considered a great teacher & # 39; by the students and regularly celebrated superhero costume days (pictured). It would also offer "class money" that students could use to buy pencils and other stationery. Matthews used to offer this money to students after abusing them
Matthews would soon move on to touch the penis or testicles of the boys both on the outside and inside the school pants.
Some of his victims told the police that they "froze" after being touched by their teacher.
One student told how Matthews' hand remained touching his leg and penis for up to 30 minutes.
On several occasions, during private personal tutoring with another student, the teacher told the child to "stand up" and "pull down his shorts".
The tests left the child so traumatized that he lied to his mother about being "bullied" at school in an attempt to be allowed to stay at home.
Matthews got the young students to keep quiet about their unhealthy ways by offering bribes in the form of "class money."
The & # 39; class money & # 39; It could be used by students in Matthews classes to buy prizes, including pencils, pencils, rulers and rubbers & # 39;.
He also offered advice from & # 39; boy to boy & # 39; on how to masturbate and told the students that they should touch their penises.
Matthews was only caught when one of his former students, now in the 10th year, told a different teacher that he was going to be out & # 39; years after they put their hand on his leg.
In the ruling at Campbelltown Local Court (pictured) on Monday, Judge Jennifer English said that Matthews had acted as a "predator"
At this point, the teacher sent (the student) to the principal, and the student told him that they would send a letter home with their parents.
When the child's parents asked him why he had reacted in this way, the truth came to light and the police began investigating Matthews' history of abuse.
The police then spoke with other students taught by Matthews who revealed more complaints.
Matthews refused to make eye contact with any of his 15 victims and their parents as they sat in court for their sentencing Monday.
Outside the courtroom, the boy who broke his silence for the first time and spoke of Matthews' abuse said he believed it had been a "change of power" between the students and the teacher.
"We have saved many children by locking him up," the boy told The Daily Telegraph.
"This (when thinking about the crimes committed by Matthews) makes you vomit in your mouth.
"It was good to see him masturbating himself".