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A teacher at a top Sydney private school has been refused bail after he was charged with sharing child pornography material and possessing child abuse material.

Reinier Jessurun, 52, a teacher at Newington College in Sydney’s inner west, was arrested on Tuesday and appeared at Central Local Court where he was formally refused bail.

The Australian Federal Police, which searched premises in Edgecliff and Stanmore in relation to the case, is alleging that Mr Jessurun “used an online persona to share child exploitation images online”.

In a statement emailed to parents and former students on Thursday, acting school headmaster David Roberts said “the teacher was immediately stood down pending the outcome of court proceedings

Mr Jessurun teaches at the College’s Wyvern House, a Kindergarten to year 6 boys’ school in Stanmore.

He also runs the school’s Tournament of Minds club, a problem solving program.

Mr Jessurun has also previously taught at Scots College Preparatory School, Cranbrook Junior School, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Mosman Church of England Preparatory School, Arkana College, as well as a number of international schools in Brunei, China, Qatar, Thailand and Germany, according to his online CV.

“The college has been contacted by the Australian Federal Police in connection to an investigation into a teacher employed by the College,” said Mr Roberts.

“The AFP has assured the College there is nothing to indicate the material seized involved, or was distributed to, College students.”

Mr Roberts said the matter had been reported to the NSW Ombudsman and the NSW Education Standards Authority and that parents of children in the teacher’s year group had been contacted directly

“The welfare of our students is above all else at the College,” he said.

“I understand this matter may be upsetting to you and your family and encourage you to make contact if we can provide any additional support.”

Newington College is cooperating with the AFP as investigations continue.

Mr Jessurun will appear in court again on June 6.