Swimming teacher Nick Warby, 30, Knox Gramma School ‘caught SHARING child porn of the worst degree’ 

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A swimming teacher at one of Sydney’s top private schools has been caught allegedly sharing child porn of the worst degree. 

Nick Warby, 30, was arrested at Knox Grammar School on Monday after a colleague found a mobile phone allegedly containing the graphic images. 

The aquatics director at the $33,000-a-year school was allegedly caught with ten devices loaded with child abuse images of the ‘highest range’ of seriousness.

Warby was charged with possession of child abuse material and possessing prohibited drugs, and faced Hornsby Local Court on Tuesday.

The court heard police found four mobile phones and six USB sticks in Warby’s possession allegedly containing a ‘broad range of (child abuse) images’.

Police said that Warby had allegedly downloaded images from the internet and also shared the material with others.

Prosecutor Mark Newman told the court Warby was looking at jail-time if guilty.

‘The seriousness of this matter is not just possession… they extend to downloading and disseminating. It could result in a full time custodial sentence,’ Mr Newman said.

Warby’s lawyer Phillip Cox said the swimming teacher had already ‘made a range of admissions’ during a series of interviews with police on Monday night. 

‘Mr Warby is a 30-year-old male with no prior criminal offences. There’s no violence in any of these matters,’ Mr Cox said. 

‘He’s been in custody overnight and has the support of his mother and father here in court today.

‘He has a safe family home he can reside at with his family.’ 

Warby sat stony faced in the dock throughout proceedings, looking down and with his hands clasped on his lap.

His parents, who were in court to support him, sat in the front row of the court and did not make eye contact with their son. 

Magistrate Alex Mijovich granted Warby strict bail, requiring him to report to police weekly and not to access mobile devices with internet capability or use social media.

He must not go near or contact any staff or students at the school.

Warby was arrested on school grounds on Monday afternoon and was refused bail, spending the night in a cell at Hornsby Police Station. 

‘Police will also allege substances, believed to be Ice and GHB, were found when the man’s car was searched,’ a NSW Police Media release said.   

Warby is understood to have held the role of Director of Aquatic Sports at the top private school, where fees are up to $33,000 for a Year 12 student.

In a letter sent home to parents, Knox Grammar headmaster Scott James confirmed Warby had been ‘removed from his duties’ and they were assisting police with their investigations.

‘Yesterday afternoon, a colleague discovered inappropriate internet images on a mobile phone which we believe belongs to the staff member,’ the letter read.

‘The images were immediately brought to the attention of the Headmaster and police were alerted.

‘They have advised us that there is currently no suggestion that the images relate to Knox boys or swim centre students.’

Warby describes himself on LinkedIn as: ‘a friendly and enthusiastic educator with a passion for promoting sport and physical activity amongst young people’. 

He began working at Knox Grammar in 2017, having previously worked at Strathfield South Public School.

He studied health education at Sydney University after attending Sydney Church of England Grammar School – or Shore – at North Sydney. 

Surf Life Saving NSW confirmed Warby was a member of several of Sydney’s northern beaches clubs, and his membership had been suspended until there was a court outcome.

‘The safety of our members and in particular children and young people is paramount and the organisation acts immediately in instances such as this,’ a spokeswoman said.

He also volunteered with the NSW Rural Fire Service. 

Warby will reappear in Hornsby Local Court on Tuesday, August 22.

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