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Hundreds contact FBI about pedophile teacher case

The number of possible victims of a teacher suspected of drugging and molesting boys during a four-decade career at nearly a dozen schools around the world has risen sharply, with the FBI saying hundreds of people have contacted it about the case.

Calling William Vahey one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory, the FBI had said that the teacher molested at least 90 boys whose photos were found on a memory drive stolen by his maid in Nicaragua.

But that figure appeared low after Special Agent Shauna Dunlap said Tuesday that the bureau has now "been contacted by several hundred individuals from around the globe wishing either to reach out as potential victims or provide information in the ongoing investigation."

Dunlap said officials wanted as many people as possible to call or contact the FBI through its website in order to receive counseling and provide information about Vahey, who killed himself at age 64 after the evidence of molestation emerged.

Vahey taught at 10 schools on four continents and was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. His case has rattled the community of international schools, where parents are being told their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey's abuses.

Apparently, not even Vahey's victims knew they had been molested. The double-cream Oreos that he handed out at bedtime on school trips were laced with sleeping pills - enough to leave the boys unconscious as he touched them and posed them for nude photographs.

Although Vahey, then 20, pleaded guilty in 1969 to a single charge of lewd and lascivious behavior, after admitting to pinching the penises of eight young boys at a California high school where he taught swimming, it didn't keep him from embarking on a series of teaching jobs that put him in close contact with children.

He began his international teaching career at the American School in Tehran, the first in a series of stays around the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He taught history, social studies and related subjects in Lebanon, Spain, Iran, Greece, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, almost always to middle school students. He also coached basketball and led school trips.

Authorities may have missed a warning sign during a later teaching stint in Venezuela: Two students under Vahey's care were rushed to a hospital after falling unconscious in their hotel room on a trip, parents and staff said. Officials were unable to determine why and chalked it up to a possible failing air conditioner.

Seven years later, Vahey and his wife went to work at the Westminster campus of London's Southbank International School, with about 350 pupils from 70 countries. Police say at least 60 of the 90 or so children in the images on the USB drive stolen by the maid were from that school.

Southbank's chair of governors, Chris Woodhead, told Britain's Press Association there had been one complaint against Vahey, but, "The boy's parents agreed that there was nothing untoward and the matter shouldn't be pursued."

In early March, the maid who stole the memory drive handed it to American Nicaraguan school director Gloria Doll, who found it contained photos of unconscious boys, many between ages 12 and 14, often being touched by Vahey.

Doll confronted Vahey, who told her, according to an FBI affidavit, that he had given the boys sleeping pills, adding: "I was molested as a boy, that is why I do this. I have been doing this my whole life."

Doll demanded Vahey's resignation, according to the affidavit, and notified authorities at the U.S. Embassy the next day, U.S. officials said. Embassy officials immediately notified Nicaraguan police, but Vahey had already flown out of the country.

He traveled to Luverne, Minnesota, where relatives live. He checked into a hotel and stabbed himself in the chest with a knife, leaving a note apologizing to his family.

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Myron White May 14 2014 at 2:10 PM

Sick! This world is filled with some sick "ass" folks.....what is wrong with people and WHERE are these kids' parents? Pray for this country. AATB...M. White '06

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Brian Workman Myron White May 14 2014 at 2:17 PM

Remember Lizzy Bordon!?!

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Tim Myron White May 14 2014 at 2:20 PM

Myron: I agree. There are some VERY dangerous hypocrites in this world too.
Refer to http://ABCsOfBetrayal.com/ about the private "Christian" school that got caught harboring SEVERAL repeat child molesters while deceiving and defrauding the parents about it.
There are also some VERY cowardly politicians in this world too.
Refer to the governor exposed at http://notkasich.com/

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Danny May 14 2014 at 2:21 PM

And the Teacher's Union will protect him and make sure he still gets his pension.

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atfwtx May 14 2014 at 2:22 PM

It seems that people who are commenting here haven't read the entire story. People were commenting abut punishment he should receive and he committed suicide!
There are also always sicko people who comment and say things that are so mean spirited and really have nothing to do with the story. Take it somewhere else or get a life!

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Danny atfwtx May 14 2014 at 2:26 PM

The last line said he stabbed himself and left a note to his family. Nothing said that he perished. Just more bad journalism, no sensationalism from AOL.

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moon4hym May 14 2014 at 2:22 PM

Surprised not a Catholic priest, College sports coach, US Military officer, Congressman, Hollywood producer, Media or AOL supervisor, or Bank/Wall St. mgr. After his nipple flesh- wound from a hotel room heals, will he marry a guy legally, and adopt? HAHAHAHA.. at least he didn't seem to 'hurt' anyone.. I'll stop throwing stones..

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arvig moon4hym May 14 2014 at 2:31 PM

Sniff much glue this morning? He's dead. :P Maybe next time read the article?

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Hagar May 14 2014 at 2:23 PM

Execute the sick Bas____. Thats all, and be dome with this kind of person, if you can even call him that, more like an animal. I'd be glad to to pull the switch.

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rlpl02 Hagar May 14 2014 at 2:29 PM

It's hard to execute a dead man, but it's the thought that counts.

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arvig Hagar May 14 2014 at 2:30 PM

He's already dead, read the article.

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Karen May 14 2014 at 2:23 PM

Sad, but there are many of his likes running around, in the home, schools, and anywhere children are. We, as parents have to teach our children how to protect themselves. There was a story of a man who did that to a young girl, and she bit him hard on his penis and ran. He would never forget that one, because he was jailed and had to deal with his kind and others who hate child-molestation. We live in a world that is demon-possessed.

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Tim Karen May 14 2014 at 2:39 PM

Karen: I agree. And beware of private "Christian" schools who get caught harboring SEVERAL repeat child molesters while deceiving and defrauding the parents about it for over 10 years.
Refer to the irrefutable and overwhelming evidence at http://ABCsOfBetrayal.com and http://NotKasich.com/

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Mike May 14 2014 at 2:24 PM

There is no excuse...one is supposed to BREAK the cycle, not keep it going on and on. THis man should be hanged by his foreskin after having his body and penis riddled with paper cuts, then dipped continuously into a vat of alcohol.

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cqdeed Mike May 14 2014 at 2:39 PM

Mikey, Mikey, Mikey. Ya gotta read the article to keep from looking like a dummy. He's dead.

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kephara cqdeed May 14 2014 at 3:33 PM

Too late. Mike already looks like a dummy.

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NETTIE May 14 2014 at 2:27 PM

He wears his hair like Hitler. Sick bastard.

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kephara NETTIE May 14 2014 at 3:32 PM

HE'S DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bwbet9 May 14 2014 at 2:27 PM

I am sure the liberals will support this nutcase!

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Jeffrey Price May 14 2014 at 2:18 PM

Well, at least he is dead and gone. Where do they get these people to hire anyway???!!!!???

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