The teacher is accused of impersonating online as a girl to trick his teenage male students into sending photos
Teacher accused of impersonating a 13-year-old girl online in a morbid attempt to trick his young male students into sending him explicit photos
- Timothy Patrick Cordova, 25, was facing Melbourne’s Magistrates Court on Thursday
- He is accused of impersonating a girl to mislead more than 70 boys into sending photos
- He reportedly also asked for sex act videos via Instagram as ‘Matilda Roberts’
- Cordova taught at three schools, including two elementary schools, in the southeast of the city
- He was arrested on July 2 after a police raid on his home in Rowville on June 26
- He was released on bail under strict conditions and will be brought to trial in October
An elementary school teacher who runs a magical club at lunch and tutors at home is accused of impersonating a 13-year-old girl on Instagram to mislead more than 70 male students into sending him sexually explicit material.
Melbourne man Timothy Patrick Cordova, 25, is said to have created a fake account under the alias ‘Matilda Roberts’ to ask young boys for photos of their ‘d ** ks’ and ‘junk’, as well as videos of them engaging in sexual acts to fulfill his own sexual satisfaction.
He was arrested and charged on July 2 after investigators reportedly discovered a collection of child abuse material on computers and hard drives seized during a raid on his Rowville home.
Cordova stood before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday and was charged with 31 criminal offenses for soliciting and producing child abuse material, the Herald Sun. reports.
An elementary school teacher in Melbourne has been charged with 31 crimes after allegedly posing as a teenage girl on Instagram and asking more than 70 boys students for sexually explicit images and videos (stock image)
The educator had worked in three schools in the southeast of the city: St. Mark’s Primary Catholic School in Dingley Village, St Francis De Sales Primary in Lynbrook and Killester Girls’ College in Springvale.
The school leaders are helping police identify children in the obscene material allegedly found in his possession, and investigators suspect more charges will be brought.
The court heard that more than 60 of his alleged victims were former or current San Marco students, including 26 of whom he had taught.
At the time of the raid on his home on June 26, Cordova worked at St Francis De Sales, where his mother is also a teacher.
The electronic devices taken allegedly contain dozens of items in hidden folders labeled ‘boys on boys’ and ‘boys sex duo’, while other folders contain the full names of the school children.
Timothy Patrick Cordova, 25, previously worked at St. Mark’s Primary Catholic School (photo) in Dingley Village, where over 60 of the alleged victims are past or current students
Detective Senior Constable Kellie Mervin told the bailiffs that they also found collages where headshots of yearbook students were added to child abuse material.
He had also taken photos of ‘private parts’ of children at a school swimming carnival, the court heard.
Cordova taught economics, math and reading lessons at home, while detectives also tried to talk to everyone he taught.
He also ran a magical club and a card club during lunch break at school.
He resigned three days before his arrest and since then his education registration has been suspended.
Magistrate Luisa Bazzani said the charges were “horrifying” because of the nature of Cordova’s position and the vulnerability of the students.
At the time of the police raid on June 26, Cordova worked at St Francis De Sales Elementary School in Lynbrook (photo), where his mother also works as a teacher.
At the Thursday hearing, the police argued that Cordova should remain in custody for an unacceptable risk of recidivism.
However, the judge has issued bail under strict conditions, including that he must live with his ex-cop’s uncle.
Cordova is also not allowed to go within 200 meters of a learning center, kindergarten, primary or secondary school and may only leave the house under supervision.
He must stay at home between 8:00 PM and 5:00 AM and must not access the Internet or communicate with anyone under the age of 18.
He will be brought to court again in October.
School directors assist the police in identifying the children in the obscene material allegedly found in his possession. Pictured is Killester Girls’ College in Springvale