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Knox Grammar Teacher Charged With Possession Of Child Abuse Material

A teacher from Sydney's exclusive Knox Grammar private school has faced court charged with possessing a "large number" of child abuse images.

Police were called to the school on Sydney's North Shore on Monday after a staff member discovered a mobile phone left at an aquatic centre which was found to contain child abuse images.

Following inquiries, police arrested a 30-year-old man before raiding his home and seizing a number of electronic devices for further examination.

The man, Nicholas Warby, has been charged with possession of child abuse material and two counts of possessing prohibited drugs after police allegedly found substances believed to be Ice and GHB inside his car.

According to Warby's social media pages, he is currently the Director of Aquatic Sports at the Knox Grammar School and has been a Surf Life Saver for more than 16 years.

The school has stood down Warby from his duties at the Aquatic Centre, Headmaster Scott James said in a letter issued to parents on Tuesday.

"[Police] have advised us that there is currently no suggestion that the images relate to Knox boys or swim centre students," James said.

"The School remains vigilant in its commitment to ensuring we provide a safe and supportive environment for our students."

In a statement to 10 News First Surf Life Saving NSW said it was aware one of its members had been charged with "serious offences".

SLSNSW said the man was a member of "several surf life saving clubs on Sydney's Northern Beaches".

"In line with SLSA’s member protection policies, the member has been suspended from the organisation pending the outcome of Police proceedings," the statement said.

"The safety of our members and in particular children and young people is paramount and the organisation acts immediately in instances such as this to suspend or terminate the membership of those charged with or convicted of serious offenses."

Warby appeared in court on Tuesday and was granted bail with his case adjourned for three weeks.

The court heard four mobile phones, six USBs and a laptop are all being examined as part of the investigation, with a "broad range of images" allegedly seen.

As a condition of his bail, Warby will not be allowed to access social media or hold a mobile phone.

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