Daycare Teacher Sentenced To 35 Years For Sexual Assault of 12 Boys

Some justice for a change….

“A former daycare instructor from Pittsburgh pleaded guilty on Monday to sexually assaulting 12 boys and has been sentenced to 35 to 70 years in prison as part of a negotiated plea deal, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.

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Matthew K. Byars, 26, admitted to sexually abusing 12 boys ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old over a period of several years, many of whom he met while working as a daycare instructor at Tender Care Learning Center in Scott Township just south of Pittsburgh, where he was known as “Mr. Matt.”

Eleven of those victims sat in the jury box at Byars’ hearing Monday as the prosecuting attorney listed the details of each child’s case, according to the Post-Gazette. The courtroom became so emotionally charged that one victim, now 9 years old, shouted “Find someone your own age, Matt,” and fled the court room.”

This one brings tears to my eyes. Poor little guy.

“During the hearing, victims presented handwritten statements to Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniels describing the pain they suffered at Byars’ hands.

“I feel sad and lonely. But once I see the other kids, I’m not so lonely because I know I’m not the only one,” one victim wrote, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But what’s the worst is that every morning I wake up, I think of that.”

Byars was hired at Tender Care Learning Center in 2007 after passing all background checks and managers never received any complaints about his behavior, the center’s vice president told Channel 4 Action News.

During his time at the center, Byars developed personal relationships with many students under his care, often taking them on organized outings and inviting them to sleep over at his home.

Then, in July of 2011, Byars was arrested on multiple charges following accusations that he filmed and inappropriately touched a former student, then 9, while the boy was sleeping over at his apartment.

Police in Scott Township immediately launched an investigation into Byars and Tender Care, which led many more boys and their families to come forward with charges of sexual abuse, Chartiers Valley Patch reported.

In the wake of those charges, lawsuits were brought against Tender Care claiming the center had knowledge of Byars’ abuse and failed to report it.

According to reports, Byars’ acts of sexual abuse ranged from fondling the boys to making them perform oral sex on him to photographing and videotaping them engaged in sexual activities with each other, the Post-Gazette reports.”

These kids are going to go through a lot of hell. Not only did this scum bag abuse them, he forced them into sexual acts with each other, and that is severely damaging to a child!

“Police say incidents occurred at Byars’ home and at the daycare facility, where Byars would often call students into back rooms or restrooms during recess, Chartiers Valley Patch reported. In one case, Byars reportedly took a boy to a nearby church and fondled him “near the pulpit and under a large cross.”

Now, when those boys see a church or a cross, they will subconsciously go through something heavy.

“Byars offered a brief apology to victims at this hearing Monday, according to the Post-Gazette.

“I do realize the effect of my actions on so many people,” he said. “I truly am sorry.”

You have NO idea buddy. No fucking idea what kind of damage you have done.

Sorry for the language, but this one hits home for me.


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9 Responses to Daycare Teacher Sentenced To 35 Years For Sexual Assault of 12 Boys

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am sure that he is regretting…the fact that he was caught.
    If he was truly sorry for the abuse …then he would have turn himself to the police.

  2. little nel says:

    The fact that he abused a child in a church, near an alter , and under a cross, says a lot. He hates all things that are holy, sacred, and redeeming for humans. He was mocking God.

    I hope that every time the victim sees these things of life giving power, he thinks of the justice that was endowed on his behalf because we have a God who loves justice.

    I hope that the victim can take comfort in the fact that he was so valued by our society and God that his abuser was convicted and jailed for a long long time.

    It gave me some sense of justice to know that the matron who abused me and other children was finally caught and punished.

    • Alethea says:

      Hi Little Nel. You are right, he probably does have deep hatred for religion, Christianity or God.

      Sadly, the subconscious mind does not normally associate symbols in a positive way, if the child was sexually violated in, near, with, or in connection with the symbol. It doesn’t matter what the symbol represented before the assault, or what it represents afterwards (to the conscious mind). The subconscious is in control and only knows that the symbol was part of terror, pain, fear, shame, guilt, or vile acts.

      The subconscious mind does not work like the conscious mind.

      • little nel says:

        The cross has always been a symbol of terror, pain, fear, shame, guilt, and vile acts against one who was innocent and sinless.

        • Alethea says:

          Little Nel, I respect your right to believe as you wish, and I don’t want to argue about religion with you, but I have to express what I have been taught, and what has been taught throughout the ages, since the Crucifixtion:

          The Cross, in its original form -a Crucifix- has always been a symbol of victory. How one can conquer death, through sacrifice of self (Altruism).

          In His Peace,

  3. “But what’s the worst is that every morning I wake up, I think of that.”

    You are right, this ‘man’ could never understand what he did to these kids. The fact that he did it and to so many proves that.

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