Plea for witnesses - William Vahey - Southbank International School

Vahey taught history and geography at the Southbank International School in London from 2009 to 2013. Vahey killed himself in Minnesota last month, aged 64, after police filed a warrant to examine his computer drive. The memory stick was later found to contain images of boys who appeared to have been drugged. The photos were catalogued with dates and locations that corresponded with overnight trips Vahey had taken with students since 2008. He had been jailed in California in 1969 for child molestation but went on to teach at schools around the world, including Southbank, a fee paying school. It appears that he failed to sign the sexual offenders' register, which allowed him to slip through the net and go on to work in Caracas, Jakarta, Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, Tehran and Ahwaz in Iran, Athens, Madrid and Beirut. He confessed he had preyed on boys his entire life, giving them sleeping pills prior to the molestation. In a letter to parents on Friday, Graham Lacey, executive principal at Southbank, urged any pupils who had experienced anything disturbing to come forward. He wrote: "As a staff we feel upset, angry and betrayed. We can only imagine what you as parents must feel." he letter added details of the checks that were made when Vahey joined the school, when he was subject to a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check, which is standard procedure and revealed nothing untoward. second check, three years later, produced similarly positive results and Mr Lacey added that three references the school obtained were "outstanding" and "specifically stated that there were no safeguarding issues". He said there had been one incident that occurred, which was investigated by school management at the time, but both the parents and the child stated they did not want to pursue the matter any further. We are seeking individuals whom may have been abused by Vahey or knew of his abuse. If you can assist please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


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