Male Teacher Accused of Posing as Female on Facebook to Solicit Nude Photos from Underage Students
A history teacher at an all-boys Catholic school in Orange County was arrested over the weekend and charged with posing as a female on Facebook in order to convince underage boys to send him explicit photos of themselves.
30-year-old Zachary Reeder of Orange has taught history at Servite High School in Anaheim since 2008. He was also an assistant walk-on baseball coach at Beckman High School until last year.
Police suspect he may have "targeted victims to befriend through his employment." Several of Reeder's victims have been identified, including one 14-year-old boy.
Though the alleged crimes appear to have occurred over the past two years, per the police report, authorities say they do not believe Reeder had physical contact with his victims.
According to Irvine Police Detectives, Reeder would pose as a "young white female with light blond hair," and develop "increasingly inappropriate relationships" with his victims, ultimately convincing them to "take sexually explicit photos of themselves and send them to him."
He was arrested on Saturday and booked on suspicion of lewd conduct with a child, possession and distribution of child pornography, and child annoyance.
According to OCVarsity.com, Reeder is married and has one child, a daughter.
His bail hearing has been set for today.