Orange County District Attorney, Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 13HF0513: April 18, 2013
*Law enforcement seeks public’s help identifying potential additional victims and/or witnesses
NEWPORT BEACH – An Anaheim high school teacher will be arraigned tomorrow for encouraging sex acts and soliciting and possessing nude photos and videos of over 100 underage boys by posing as a teenage girl on Facebook. Zachary Joshua Reeder, 30, Orange, will be arraigned on charges of 22 felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, 15 felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor, 13 felony counts of contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act, six felony counts of lewd acts upon a child, two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and one felony count of distribution of child pornography. Reeder faces a maximum sentence of 44 years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration if convicted. He is out of custody on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, April 19, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
At the time of the crimes, Reeder was a history teacher at Servite High School, an all-boys college preparatory high school in Anaheim. Reeder previously worked as a history teacher and a walk-on assistant baseball coach for four seasons at Arnold O. Beckman High School in Irvine.
Between June 1, 2010, and Jan. 14, 2013, Reeder is accused of creating and using a Facebook account to pose as a female high school student by using the image of a blond-haired girl with the intent to befriend underage boys. Reeder is accused of establishing inappropriate online relationships with at least 106 underage boys between the ages of 13 and 17 from Servite, Beckman, Northwood, and Canyon High Schools. The defendant is accused of targeting victims whom he knew through teaching or coaching. Reeder is accused of engaging in lewd acts with the victims by using the online account of the fake female high school student he created to convince and direct the victims to send sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves to the defendant.
California Penal Code section 288(c)(1) states that lewd and lascivious acts upon a child is charged when a defendant willfully, lewdly, and unlawfully interacts with a child with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant and the child.
The Irvine Police Department (IPD) investigated this case and arrested Reeder Feb. 9, 2013. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 347-8794 or IPD Detective Frough Jahid at (949) 724-7184.
If convicted, Reeder’s lifetime sex offender registration will bar him from entering County recreational areas and City parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance. Visit www.orangecountyda.com to read the prior press releases on the County’s Sex Offender Ordinance as well as the 14 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Nicole Nicholson of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff