A child-abusing teacher who dressed as a super-hero and a monster who raped his girlfriend’s two-year old daughter are among Australia’s worst paedophiles to have been jailed this year.
In 2017, 666 criminals were sentenced for child sex offences in New South Wales alone, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data showed.
It marked a sharp 35 per cent rise from 2013, when 494 child sex predators were jailed, with those figures in Australia’s biggest state not including criminal convictions in every other state and territory.
In the last year alone, a new batch of Australia’s worst paedophiles have been put behind the slammer for their vile acts, with predators hailing from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.
A child-abusing teacher who dressed as a super-hero (Shane Andrew Matthews pictured) is among Australia’s worst paedophiles to have been jailed this year
Shane Andrew Matthews
Primary school teacher Shane Andrew Matthews, 31, was sentenced to 12 years jail in September after pleading guilty to 33 counts of child sex abuse, possessing child pornography and grooming underage children between 2012 and 2015.
The paedophile had sexually abused students as young as 10 in the classroom and would go home at night and send vile text messages about his victims to other men.
Sentencing him at Campbelltown Local Court in September, magistrate Jennifer English said that Matthews had acted like a ‘predator’.
Court documents seen by Daily Mail Australia show how Matthews would approach parents at Wattle Grove Public School, in Sydney’s south-west, and ask to give one-on-one tutoring to their children.
It was during these one-on-one sessions at lunch and recess that he would abuse his victims.
Child rapist Jason Daron Mizner this year pleading guilty to raping a two-year-old girl
Jason Daron Mizner
Convicted child rapist Jason Daron Mizner made national headlines in October this year after pleading guilty to raping a two-year-old girl.
Brisbane District Court judge Leanne Clare was so shaken by the evidence that she adjourned the case for three days to ensure a fair sentence.
Justice Clare viewed a portion of one of dozens of Mizner’s home-made rape tapes.
‘I think it would be best to put some distance between the viewing of that tape and the delivery of the judgment so that it does not overwhelm the sentence,’ she said.
His vile acts dating back to the early 2000s included more than 30 counts of rape and videotaping the assaults.
The 44-year-old paedophile was sentenced to 19 years behind bars for repeatedly sexually abusing the girl, who was still wearing nappies, and filming the sick attacks.
Grinning predator Ruecha Tokputza, an Adelaide man who groomed Australian and Thai children for sex
Grinning predator Ruecha Tokputza, from Adelaide, groomed Australian and Thai children for sex and has pleaded guilty to 51 charges.
Tokputza, 30, violated 11 boys and babies, with some as young as 15 months of age, and also filmed their torment.
Adelaide Magistrates Court documents revealed Tokputza had a collection of up to ‘12,500 image files’ and ‘650 video files’.
Included in the predator’s sickening film library was boys changing at an Adelaide swimming pool — the location of which has not been disclosed.
Tokputza admitted he indecently filmed the boys, under the age of 17, on May 21, 2017. He will face sentencing in January.
So-called ‘good Christian’ Cornelus Bezuidenhout (pictured), 75, sexually assaulted a kindergarten girl and claimed she ‘knew exactly what she was doing’ and ‘wanted it’
Elderly Melbourne-based pervert Cornelus Bezuidenhout, 75, sexually assaulted a kindergarten girl and claimed she ‘knew exactly what she was doing’ and ‘wanted it’.
The so-called ‘good Christian’ made the vile comments to police in January after the girl pleaded with her parents to keep him away.
The South African national – a father of five – had been looking after the girl after befriending the parents of his niece’s friend.
He had repeatedly molested the child after collecting her from kindergarten, taking her on trips to the park and playing dolls in a bedroom.
On one occasion he touched the little girl while he shared a meal with her parents.
The devout Baptist earlier this month pleaded guilty to two charges of sexually assaulting a child aged under 16.
County Court of Victoria Judge Gabriele Cannon condemned his ‘gross breach of trust’ and labelled his comments to police as ‘repugnant’.
She sentenced the civil engineer to 22 months in jail, with a non-parole period of 10 months.
With time served, Bezuidenhout will likely be deported back to South Africa in a little under seven months.
Australia’s worst paedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale (pictured) spent three decades sexually abusing vulnerable children in unprecedented offending
Gerald Francis Ridsdale
Australia’s worst paedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale spent three decades sexually abusing 65 vulnerable children in unprecedented offending.
Ridsdale’s offending took place over such a long period of time, involved so many people and destroyed so many lives that the interests of justice demand a sentence that could properly be called unprecedented, crown prosecutor Jeremy McWilliams told the Victorian County Court in August last year.
The paedophile priest, now 83, used his position as a parish priest to befriend the children and their devout Catholic families in parishes in western Victoria, telling some of his victims ‘it’s our little secret’ and one that ‘it’s part of God’s work’.
The former Catholic clergyman has been in jail since 1994, serving an effective total sentence of 28 years with a 25-year non-parole period for similar offences.
He had pleaded guilty to 23 charges of abusing 11 boys and one girl between 1962 and 1988 and was last year given 11 years more jail time so he would not be eligible for parole until 2022.
Violent career criminal Jacob Michael Smith (pictured) was jailed for 25 years in April for murdering a Brisbane other before raping her daughter
Jacob Michael Smith
Violent career criminal Jacob Michael Smith was in April jailed for 25 years for using bedding to murder a Brisbane mother before he raped her daughter.
In the early hours of August 26, 2014, he attacked the mother as she slept on a mattress alongside her two ill daughters in the living room of their home.
The makeshift bedding was so they could lay and watch TV as they dealt with gastro.
Smith, who was 41 at the time of his sentence, crept behind the mother and attacked, using a white sheet to kill her.
He smothered and strangled the mother, who can’t be identified, then pulled the arms of her 12-year-old daughter to wake her up and told her she was going to become a woman.
He was sentenced to at least 25 years jail, with Justice Martin Daubney saying: ‘You mouth regret but you demonstrate no remorse.’
Vile paedophile Leigh Norton (pictured), 52, photographed himself abusing a baby girl and was only caught after police found the pictures and were able to zoom in on his fingerprints
Vile paedophile Leigh Norton, 52, photographed himself abusing a baby girl and was only caught after police found the pictures and were able to zoom in on his fingerprints.
The man from the NSW central west had brutally attacked a nine-month-old girl and took photographs of the despicable acts.
Norton in April was sentenced to 11 years jail, with police using the fingerprint in the abuse photo as evidence of the crime.
The former chemist and social worker was found with 33 images of the child – all taken on a mobile phone.
A born-again Christian from Mackay in north Queensland repeatedly raped his young children after luring them into bed with the film Frozen (stock image)
Frozen film lure
A born-again Christian repeatedly raped his young children after luring them into bed with the film Frozen.
The paedophile, from Mackay in north Queensland, encouraged his two daughters and son, aged between five and ten, to engage in group sex with each other and with him.
His worst crime was raping his six-year-old daughter, a judge said. He also abused one of the girls in the bathroom on Christmas Day in 2016.
The father, in his 40s, was jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to four counts of rape and 15 counts of indecent assault at Mackay District Court in May.