A Surrey man, who has been employed as a teacher with the Delta School District, is facing three counts of child pornography-related offences.
Elazar Reshef, 52, was charged on Thursday (July 2), following an investigation that began in March 2019, according to a release from Surrey RCMP Friday.
In an emailed statement, the Delta School District said the “safety and wellbeing of our students is our paramount concern.”
“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,” reads the statement.
“This individual has not been at work since July 2019 and has not been permitted on Delta School District property since that time.”
The district added that it is “working closely” with Surrey RCMP.
Asked if Reshef is still employed as a teacher, the district said it “cannot discuss any employee information other than to confirm that this individual has not been at work or permitted on any Delta School District property since July 2019.”
Reshef is listed in the district’s 2018-2019 Statement of Financial Information report as an elementary teacher for that school year.
Police said the investigation started “as a result of a notification received from an electronic service provider, which alleged that an account user has child pornography in their possession.”
Surrey RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) “immediately” launched an investigation, and following an “extensive review and forensic analysis of the evidence,” charges were approved July 2, the release states.
Police said that Reshef has been in “direct contact with children during his work as a teacher in the Delta School District.”
Because of his work, Surrey RCMP said it is releasing the information “in the interest of public safety and to further the police investigation.”
According to RCMP, investigators have “reviewed all available evidence and, at this point, no Lower Mainland children have been identified as potential victims.”
But police are urging anyone who may have information that could help the investigation to call Surrey RCMP ICE investigators at 604-599-0502.
According to the release, Surrey is the first detachment in B.C. to have its own RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit, adding that the team of investigators is “dedicated to protecting children from harm and vigorously pursuing those who access, distribute, or create child pornography.”