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English teacher at one of Australia’s most prestigious private schools pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child abuse material

  • Cody Michael Reynolds, 36, will be sentenced next year after pleading guilty
  • Ex-Head of English at Moriah College admitting possessing child abuse images 
  • He also admitted a charge of distributing the material while in court on Tuesday 

The former head of English at a prestigious Sydney private school has pleaded guilty to child abuse material charges.

Cody Michael Reynolds, 36, will be sentenced next year after pleading guilty to possession and distributing child abuse material while appearing at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday.

He was previously arrested at his Kensington home on March 9 by officers from the Australian Federal Police just as he was leaving for work.

The teacher, who was Head of English at Moriah College at Queens Park in the heart of the city’s eastern suburbs, was immediately stood down from his duties after the arrest.

Moriah College is an independent Jewish co-educational school where fees for a Year 12 student are $38,450.

He admitted charges of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service, and using a carriage service to transmit, make available, publish, distribute or promote child abuse material.

The charges carry a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

At a bail hearing earlier this year Central Local Court heard the material included ‘images and videos involving a large amount of prepubescent children, some still in their infant years.’

During that hearing the prosecution noted an alleged online conversation between Reynolds and another man in which the pair spoke about the age of a child who appeared in some material.

The other person allegedly said the child was ‘too young lol’ and asked Reynolds his ‘perfect number’ or age preference for boys, to which he replied ’11’.

Magistrate John Favretto said at that time there was no suggestion Reynolds had any physical contact with children.

Reynolds was allegedly identified after data was collected from the devices belonging to a 26-year-old arrested on Sydney’s North Shore a week before him.

Two mobile phones and a laptop were also seized during Reynolds’ arrest.

Moriah College principal Rabii Yehoshua Smukler sent a letter notifying parents of Reynolds’ arrest on the day he was taken into custody.

‘This morning we were contacted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to inform us that our High School Head of English, Mr Cody Reynolds, has been arrested and charged in relation to the possession and transmission of child abuse material,’ Principal Smukler wrote.

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