FBI: Teacher May Have Serially Molested Hundreds

Vahey drugged, abused boys on overnight trips

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 14, 2014 1:34 AM CDT | Updated May 14, 2014 5:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – An American man who was a well-respected teacher at some of the world's top international schools for decades appears to be one of the most prolific pedophiles the FBI has ever dealt with, investigators say. The FBI says it has been contacted by hundreds of potential victims from around the world in its investigation of William Vahey, who killed himself earlier this year when evidence of molestation was found on a memory drive stolen from his home in Nicaragua by a maid, the AP reports.

The FBI says images of up to 90 boys aged 12 to 14 were on the memory drive. The 64-year-old teacher frequently led boys on overnight trips, and the FBI says he would feed the teenagers drug-laced cookies at bedtime, then touch them and pose for lewd photos as they slept. He was convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior in 1969 for pinching the penises of young boys at a California high school where he gave swimming lessons, but that did not prevent him finding employment in international schools in cities including London, Tehran, and Jakarta. The chair of governors at London's Southbank International School, where Vahey is suspected of molesting scores of boys, tells the BBC that it "beggars belief" that Vahey was allowed to teach despite a child sex abuse conviction.

This combination of photos provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows William James Vahey in 1986, 1995, 2004 and 2013.
This combination of photos provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows William James Vahey in 1986, 1995, 2004 and 2013.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)
This photo provided by former Tehran American School student Mark Turnage shows part of a page about student organizations in the school's 1973 yearbook with a photo of William James Vahey.
This photo provided by former Tehran American School student Mark Turnage shows part of a page about student organizations in the school's 1973 yearbook with a photo of William James Vahey.   (AP Photo)
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With the sheer volume, the sheer number of incidents in which this man molested, it surprises me that somehow this was not picked up by someone. - John Magagna, director of international school recruiting firm Search Associates

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