International Child Predator's Victims Sought by FBI

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Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 06:33 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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The FBI is seeking help identifying victims of an alleged international child predator who taught in private American schools in nine different countries before committing suicide last month.

William James Vahey, 64, committed suicide on March 21 after his employer found a thumb drive allegedly containing pornographic images of at least 90 boys, ages 12 to 14, according to a statement from the FBI.

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“Vahey confessed that he was molested as a child and had preyed on boys his entire life, giving them sleeping pills prior to the molestation,” the statement said.

Some victims may be unaware of what happened to them.

The images on the thumb drive reportedly correspond to overnight field trips beginning in 2008, according to the statement. Vahey began teaching in 1972.

“I’m concerned that he may have preyed on many other students prior to 2008,” Special Agent Patrick Fransen said in the statment. “I’ve never seen another case where an individual may have molested this many children over such a long period of time.”

Vahey taught and coached basketball in American schools in Nicaragua, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Iran, Spain, and Lebanon.

In 1969, he pleaded guilty to child molestation but had not renewed his registration as a sex offender since 1970, according to the FBI.

The case came to light when Vahey fired his maid after she allegedly stole personal items from his house last November, according to KPRC-TV. In March, the former maid brought a thumb drive that allegedly contains images of child sexual assault to the American Nicaraguan School. A federal court judge in Houston approved a search warrant for the thumb drive.

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