Judge jails monster teacher
Judge jails 'monster' teacher

A former Goldfields primary school teacher jailed yesterday for filming himself groping students in two classrooms says he feels like a monster.

The 31-year-old was charged last year as part of an international investigation into a global paedophile network that shared videos of children being sexually abused.

Police found videos of the man fondling children on his computers after Canadian authorities identified him as someone who had bought child exploitation material.

The man had pleaded guilty to 102 charges and was yesterday jailed for four years and three months.

District Court Judge Richard Keen said the man had committed a serious violation of trust while in a position of authority.

"You have acknowledged that you could have significantly affected their long-term emotional wellbeing and you have caused their guardians revulsion," Judge Keen said. "You say it makes you feel like a monster."

The man committed the offences at two rural primary schools between February 2010 and December 2011.

He repeatedly set up a laptop on his desk at the first school and filmed himself indecently assaulting four students. After being transferred to another school, he filmed himself assaulting a boy aged seven to eight.

On a number of occasions, he groped the boy at his desk while teaching other children to read.

One of the victims has not been identified but the other four boys have received counselling.

In a victim impact statement, the mother of one of the abused boys said she was struggling to deal with the black cloud that was hanging over her family.

She said she was afraid the footage may have been shared with other "evil people".

But Judge Keen said it appeared the man had kept the footage for his own personal use.

The offender's lawyer, Tom Percy, said the man was so disgusted in himself when he first bought child pornography that he ended up destroying his computer.

A police officer, a former pastor and another teacher were among the six WA men charged last year after the three-year international investigation.

The teacher will be eligible for parole in two years and three months.

The West Australian

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