Teacher in molestation case pleads not guilty

A high school teacher who authorities said posed as a teenage girl and solicited nude photos from more than 100 boys has pleaded not guilty to 60 felony charges, court records show.

Zachary Reeder, 30, of Orange, pleaded not guilty Friday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach to charges of using a minor for sex acts, distributing pornography to a minor, contacting a child with the intent to commit a lewd act, lewd acts upon a child, lewd acts upon a child under 14, possession and control of child pornography and distributing child pornography, according to prosecutors and court records.

Reeder was a history teacher at Servite High School in Anaheim at the time of the crimes, and previously worked as a history teacher at Arnold O. Beckman High School in Irvine where he also worked as an assistant walk-on baseball coach for four seasons, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said between June 1, 2010, and Jan. 14, 2013, Reeder used a fake Facebook profile pretending to be a blonde girl to befriend boys. Authorities said he established “inappropriate online relationships” with 106 boys from Servite, Beckman, Northwood High School in Irvine and Canyon High School in Anaheim, targeting boys he knew through teaching and coaching.

The investigation into Reeder’s alleged crimes continues, and authorities ask anyone with information or who believes they were victimized by Reeder to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Anthony Sosnowski at (714) 347-8794 or Irvine Police Det. Frough Jahid at (949) 724-7184.

Reeder is next scheduled to appear in court May 31.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30