A paedophile teacher who abused dozens of pupils at a London school is one of the most prolific sexual predators ever, the FBI has said. The American agency is leading the investigation into the crimes of William James Vahey, who killed himself as authorities began to uncover the scale of his abuse at schools across the world.
FBI Special Agent Shauna Dunlap said: “Without a doubt, this is certainly one of the most prolific suspected sexual predators that we’ve seen, given the numbers of children, potential victims, his position of trust, and so forth.”And some of the allegations and the methods that are being alleged that he may have been employed while is committing these crimes.”Ms Dunlap added the FBI would not “stop seeking justice” because Vahey is dead.
FBI agents are in the UK to assist with the investigation into the abuse at Southbank International School in London. The 64-year-old taught history and geography there from 2009 to 2013. Executive principal Graham Lacey said images of between 50 and 60 pupils at the school were retrieved from the American national’s computer. The FBI is in possession of pictures at least 90 different boys aged 12 to 14 and is concerned there could be more. Because Vahey drugged some of his victims, many might not even know they were abused. The school was closed on Friday and is asking for any pupils with disturbing experiences to come forward.
Vahey’s crimes were uncovered after a maid stole a USB stick from his house containing images of his victims. Vahey reported a theft from his apartment in Nicaragua in 2013. His maid was dismissed, but handed a memory stick she stole to the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. The images it contained “depict minor males in various states of undress” who “appear to be asleep, unconscious or possibly drugged”.
Staff at the Nicaraguan school confronted Vahey, who told them he was molested as a child and had preyed on boys all his life. Vahey was convicted of a child sex offence in California in 1969 but appears to have failed to sign the sex offenders’ register.
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