Elazar Reshef, a 52-year-old Surrey man, was in direct contact with children as a teacher in the Delta School District, according to a release from Surrey RCMP on Friday.
But none from the Lower Mainland have been identified as potential victims, police adds.
“My understanding is that he’s not working,” RCMP Cpl. Joanie Sidhu said.
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Reshef has not been arrested and a warrant has been issued, Sidhu added.
“Mr. Reshef is not in custody.”
RCMP has been in contact with his lawyer and arrangements are being made for Reshef to turn himself in.
Sidhu said the investigation by the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit began in March 2019 after a notification was received from an electronic service provider, which alleged that an account user had child pornography in their possession.
Reshef has been charged with three counts of child pornography related offences. The charges were approved by the B.C. Prosecution Services on Thursday.
Reshef has not taught in the Delta School District since last July, says a release.
“In July 2019, upon hearing that Mr. Reshef was being investigated by the police, we took immediate action to remove him from any interactions with students within the school district. This individual has not been at work since July 2019 and has not been permitted on Delta School District property since that time,” says the district.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.