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Catholic School Teacher Busted In 'Catfish' Scheme

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IRVINE (CNS) - A 30-year-old history teacher and baseball coach was charged today with dozens of felony counts for allegedly creating a fake woman's Facebook profile to lure at least 35 underage teenage boys to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves.

Zachary Joshua Reeder of Orange, who was arrested Saturday, made his first court appearance today and had his bail set at $1 million, Deputy District Attorney Nicole Nicholson said. Prosecutors had requested $3 million bail, she said.

Reeder teaches history at Anaheim's Servite High School, where he has worked since 2008, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. He has also worked at Beckman High School in Irvine, where he was an assistant baseball coach for four seasons -- through the last school year, she said.

"We're expecting additional victims to come forward," Engen said. "We are starting to receive calls from parents concerned about activity on Facebook. He's been doing this for, it looks like, a couple of years, and we want to make sure that we have as many victims identified as possible. Right now, there doesn't appear to be any physical contact between him and the victims."

Reeder, whose arraignment was rescheduled for March 11, faces 34 counts each of distributing pornography to a minor, contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act and using a minor for sex acts, six counts of committing a lewd act on a child, and one count each of control and possession of child pornography and bringing obscene matter into the state, Nicholson said.

Most of the exchanging of allegedly pornographic material was done over the past 18 months, she said.

"What's disturbing in this case is he selected his victims, which shows his predatory nature," Nicholson alleged. "He sought them out on the web and induced them and seduced them more or less."

After exchanging messages with some of the boys, he would see them the next day in class or on the baseball diamond, Nicholson alleged.

Investigators suspect Reeder took a woman's photo and used it to create a Facebook profile to lure the teenage boys into sending him lewd photos, Engen said.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Detective Frough Jahid at (949) 724-7184.

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