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Posted on 05/13/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT by mgist
Pedophile teacher abused scores as clues missed
He was one of the most beloved teachers in the small world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off American expatriates and local elites. He was often the first to arrive in the morning, and the last to leave each day. He led students on class trips to exotic places, treating them to cookies and milk at bedtime.
That was the public persona of William Vahey, carefully crafted over four decades until a maid cleaning his home in Nicaragua stole a 16-gigabyte memory drive. There, in photograph after photograph, was evidence that the model teacher had molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more, in a career spanning 10 schools on four continents.
The discovery of a man the FBI regards as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the close-knit community of international schools, where horrified parents are being told their children may have been victims of a favorite teacher, and administrators are scurrying to close teacher-vetting loopholes revealed by Vahey's abuses.
"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," said John Magagna, the founding director of Search Associates, the world's largest international school recruiting firm. "I don't know what went wrong."
Apparently not even Vahey's victims knew they had been molested. The double-cream Oreos that he handed out at bedtime on the overnight trips were laced with sleeping pills - enough to leave the boys unconscious as he touched them, and posed them for lewd photographs.
Vahey, a 64-year-old native of West Point, New York, attempted suicide in Nicaragua after his maid stole the drive. He survived, but killed himself on a second try, stabbing himself to death in Minnesota on March 21 and leaving hundreds of former students wondering if they were abused.
The agonized father of a student in Caracas, Venezuela, said his son, like many others, would rather not find out, but the boy cannot forget one fact. "He ate the cookies, too," said the father, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect his son's identity. "Everyone on those trips did."
There were decades of missed opportunities to expose Vahey. An early California sex-abuse conviction didn't prevent him taking a series of jobs working with children. Colleagues and supervisors failed to question why he was so often with boys overnight. And at least twice, boys fell mysteriously ill while under his care and there was no investigation into Vahey's role.
In 1969, Vahey, the son of a decorated World War II pilot, was arrested on child sexual abuse charges after police said he pinched the penises of eight boys, ages 7 to 9, at an Orange County high school where he gave swimming lessons.
Vahey, then 20, told authorities he had started touching boys without their consent at age 14, when he fondled a sleeping teen on a Boy Scout camping trip. He said he touched the genitals or anuses of sleeping boys four more times before the arrest.
The psychiatrist diagnosed Vahey with an "inadequate personality," but added that the disorder did not predispose him to sexual offenses dangerous to others. The court even allowed Vahey to start work as a public school teacher's aide after his arrest.
Vahey pleaded guilty to a single charge of lewd and lascivious behavior. He received a 90-day jail sentence and five years' probation, with a condition that he should be supervised in the company of males younger than 16 during that time. After two years on probation, he was allowed to leave the country unsupervised following college graduation in 1972.
Such leniency was common at the time, said Dan Scott, a retired detective sergeant who worked for 26 years with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department office that investigates child abuse. "Nobody went after sex offenders."
Vahey was required to register as a sex offender and update his address whenever he moved, but he never updated his information after the first time he registered and authorities didn't pursue the matter. When the state registry was put online in 2004, his name wasn't included because authorities discovered he was no longer living in California.
Vahey began his international teaching career with a year at the American School in Tehran in the run-up to Iran's oil boom, the first in a series of stays around the Middle East and Europe. He taught history, social studies and related subjects in Lebanon, Spain, Iran again, Greece and then Saudi Arabia, almost always to middle school students.
By the time he arrived in Saudi Arabia, Vahey was married and had two sons with Jean Vahey, a woman who became a widely respected administrator in international education. He taught eighth- and ninth-grade social studies, coached boys' basketball and led school trips to Bahrain, Turkey and Africa.
Halfway through his 12-year stay in Saudi Arabia, he received a principal's certificate in New Jersey. It was March 1986, seven months before a law took effect requiring all new teachers and administrators to undergo background checks. New Jersey Education Department spokesman Mike Yaple said there is no record of Vahey undergoing a check before he got the certificate.
In Saudi Arabia, Vahey displayed an openness and concern for children that people would remark upon for the rest of his career, said Max Crum, a 38-year-old former student.
"When you're a kid, and you have teachers who are stern and mean, you kind of fear them. He wasn't that at all," Crum said.
By 1992, Vahey and his wife moved to the prestigious Jakarta International School in Indonesia, where he again taught social studies, coached basketball and developed a reputation for leading fun overnight trips for students.
"All the kids seemed to really, really like him," said Will Julius, a 21-year-old alumnus and son of a former longtime International School teacher.
After 10 years the Vaheys moved to Escuela Campo Alegre in Venezuela, where Jean became superintendent and the man known to all as Bill took a teaching job at the sprawling hillside campus overlooking the capital, Caracas.
All new hires were required to provide a police record from either their home of record or their last country of assignment, if they had been there for more than five years. Vahey presented one from Indonesia with no history of problems.
Again in Venezuela, the popular teacher and family man took students on trips
Authorities may have missed a warning sign when two students under Vahey's care were rushed to a hospital after falling unconscious in their hotel room during a trip to a basketball game, parents and staff said. A toxicity test came back negative, so the school sent security officials to investigate. They were unable to determine a cause and chalked the incident up to a possible failing air conditioning unit. Vahey was not investigated.
Vahey also privately organized outings like a week-long annual trip to Costa Rica for some 20 to 25 students, parents and staff said.
Superintendent Gregory Hedger said that when he arrived he was surprised to learn such excursions were allowed. He put an immediate stop to trips not sponsored by the school and without parent chaperones.
Seven years later, the Vaheys went to work at the Westminster campus of London's Southbank International School, which has about 350 pupils from 70 countries. Vahey was subjected to two criminal background checks in the United Kingdom, where he hadn't lived before.
After a year, Vahey founded the "Travel Club," according to a 2012 article in Focus, a magazine for expatriates in London. The school's website describes a 13-day trip to Nepal in 2012 that included a trek in the Himalayas, white-water rafting and an elephant safari. In 2013, the spring break trip by students in grades six to nine was to Panama.
Southbank's chair of governors, Chris Woodhead, told Britain's Press Association there had been one complaint against Vahey. A boy on a trip felt sick, Woodhead said, and Vahey took the child into his room, apparently "to look after him."
"A few months later a teacher heard gossiping on a minibus and the incident was investigated," Woodhead said. "The boy's parents agreed that there was nothing untoward and the matter shouldn't be pursued."
When Vahey went on to the American Nicaraguan School with glowing references, his wife stayed in London.
In Nicaragua, Vahey taught ninth-grade world history and advanced geography in such an exciting way that students asked why other teachers couldn't do the same. He drew little notice from his neighbors until days before Thanksgiving.
That weekend, after Vahey's maid was fired for stealing, he stopped leaving the house, said Rafael, a caretaker who declined to give his last name because of the sensitivity of the topic. All Sunday, the house was dark. On Monday, school employees who let themselves in with a master key found Vahey motionless in his bed.
Two groups of emergency officials declared him dead and called the coroner. The school's director, Gloria Doll, sent teachers and parents a message saying Vahey "will be greatly missed, as he has truly been an integral part of our community."
But as a black body bag was being unloaded, Rafael said, a police officer or paramedic let out a shout. Vahey was alive.
A doctor at the hospital where he was taken said he had a weak pulse and high levels of blood toxins, but could go home after two days. The doctor spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.
"All we know is that he is still with us, and that is wonderful, miraculous news," Doll wrote to the school later that day.
Vahey told colleagues he had been bitten by a poisonous spider. In early December, he sent a mass email message to the school, declaring that "it is with a sense of awe, wonder and joy that I find myself writing to you. The last week has been quite the adventure, and I am fortunate to say I am doing much better."
He was headed to Atlanta for medical tests, Vahey wrote. "Get ready for an exciting second semester as I look forward to my return to the school in January."
In early March, the maid reappeared and handed the USB drive to Doll, saying she should take a look. Its folders were marked with the names and dates of school trips dating to 2008: "Panama Trip," ''Costa Rica Trip," ''Basketball Trip" and "Spring 2013."
Doll clicked on the last folder, where she found photos of unconscious boys, many blonde or red-headed and between the ages of 12 and 14. Some had their pants off, with a man's hand touching their testicles or anus. Other boys were posed together in positions suggesting oral sex.
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."
Vahey said he had swallowed more than 100 sleeping pills in November after discovering the USB drive had been taken.
Doll demanded Vahey's resignation, according to the affidavit.
Vahey flew to Atlanta the next day. It was only after he boarded that the school notified authorities at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, U.S. officials said. The U.S. officials immediately notified Nicaraguan police, but Vahey had left the country.
In Miami, where he changed planes, a special agent from the FBI notified Vahey of the investigation. But a bag check turned up nothing illegal, and the agents had no grounds on which to hold him.
By March 14, the school told parents Vahey had resigned. The teacher traveled to Luverne, Minnesota, where his brother, sister-in-law and mother live, the latter in a nursing home. He checked into a hotel where he fatally stabbed himself in the chest with a knife.
He left a note apologizing to his family.
"He's one of the most prolific pedophiles that we've seen here due to the sheer numbers," FBI Special Agent Sharon Dunlap said.
At least 60 of the 90 or so children in the images were from the Southbank school, according to police, where a significant number of parents said they did not want to know if their children were abused. Woodhead, the governor, has blamed the U.S. system.
"How did he qualify as a teacher in the United States, how is it this information was never available to any of the schools across the world who employed him over the next 40 years?" he asked in an interview with the Press Association.
In Venezuela, students are coming forward with details that suggest they may have been abused.
"We don't know who was drugged. Right now we're just listening," superintendent Hedger said. "There's an enormous sense of betrayal ... He was one of the most popular, if not the most popular, teachers in the school."
A woman answering a phone registered in Jean and Bill Vahey's name hung up without speaking when called by an Associated Press reporter. His brothers and sons also could not be reached for comment.
Schools where Vahey taught are reviewing their background check policies and security procedures. A coalition of six organizations of international schools has formed a task force to review recruitment and child abuse. Teacher recruiting firms are conducting a similar joint review.
In the meantime, one of the men molested by Vahey in the Westminster, California, swimming pool as a 9-year-old boy said that learning what had happened since then revived terrible memories.
"It certainly bothers me that a person like that would be left unsupervised and obviously not tracked over the last 45 years now," the man said, his voice growing unsteady. "I find it troubling. I guess the question is: How can the system allow that to happen?"
I have an uncle in law in Ecuador, that was a commie activist in college. His top notch education was paid for by elite benefactors in the country. My uncle's mother was a maid for one of the families. He isn't a commie anymore, and regrets what his godlessness did to his kids. My point is that there are people like Obama who are groomed as future leaders with a Marxist ideology that resent the "rich", but in reality are simply there to serve them.
Homosexuality, drugs, abortion, pedophilia, euthanasia are all part of their Godless sociopathic agendas.
Barack Obama (circled) in a group photo during a graduation ceremony at the SDN Menteng 1 school he attended as a child in Jakarta, Indonesia.
> Vahey, then 20, told authorities he had started touching boys without their consent at age 14, when he fondled a sleeping teen on a Boy Scout camping trip. He said he touched the genitals or anuses of sleeping boys four more times before the arrest.
And you wonder why the homo crowd pushed so hard to infiltrate the Boy Scouts of America. There you have it...
Interesting and horrifying article, but your incoherent ramblings in your post that follows it are very disconcerting. Are you on psychotropic medications?
laced with sleeping pills - enough to leave the boys unconscious as he touched them
Another male homosexual living out the fantasies of his magazines and literature. Other than that, they are just normal adults like the rest of us -- we are told.
Indonesia is commie?
Too bad that the perv didn’t stab him self to death when he was 15.
Milk and cookies at bedtime...............sounds familiar.................Michael Jackson?..........................
Communist.........Muslim............what’s the difference?.................
The psychiatrist diagnosed Vahey with an “inadequate personality,”
Back in the day, even Freud said that “homosexuality” was a failure to mature....you might even say “inadequate personality”. Yes, of course there is a moral/spiritual element, but speaking from a purely psychological perspective, I have found this to be true. “Homosexuals” have an inability to grow up, to mature, to develop a personality. Often this is the result of trauma (molestation), or poor relationships with parents, etc.
In any event, there is no doubt that “homosexuality” is a form of mental illness....as well as grave spiritual darkness.
It is not clear what will happen to the world that has now chosen to celebrate this sickness all day long, every day, and chosen to define marriage out of existence in the name of celebrating this deviancy. While it is not clear what the result of that will be, pretty sure it won’t be good.....
Seemed coherent to me..............But then, I’ve been accused of rambling incoherence, too............
Peter Pan Syndrome?..................
Can’t help but wonder if he “taught” Barak.
Yep. I've worked with them in the past. Petty and childish is how I'd describe them -- practically throwing a fit if the silverware in a restaurant is wrong, or if their hotel room isn't as expected.
But he’s gay so this will get buried.
Those kids need to realize the mistake they made in not being more into it. They are obviously bigots if they said no. /s
Barack is 53. It says this guy has been at it for 40 years, or the mid to late 70s. Which means Barry would have been 13 at the very youngest. I think the kids he was grabbing were younger than that. And depending on which of the many versions of his life story you believe, Barry was 9 in 1970 when he returned to Hawaii and this guy didn't arrive in Indonesia until 1992.
Let's just say it has a lot of commie influence just like countries in South America. At the end of the day it's all about money. I'm sure Indonesia is somehow involved in the drug trade.
The communist party was said to be “crushed”, but it seems they were simply replaced by Islamic groups.
There's a movie, The Act of Killing that follows a former hitman , executioner, whatever, who reenacts his offing of the "commies". Many of his victims were just ethnic Chinese who didn't submit to extortion from the thugs, so they were then rounded up as "commies". Bizarre stuff.
“Are you on psychotropic medications?”
I’ve gotta say I find your question rather disconcerting and incoherent.
You are an example of the problem I have with the Libertarian party. They have absolutely zero understanding of the world beyond our borders. That is dangerous.
But, being queer is "jes' fine" according to libsinners...
And, if you don't bow to and "celebrate" their perversion, you must be reviled.
Judgement is coming. Then, they will learn how their "agenda" is viewed by the One who destroyed Sodom -- for the same thing...
To paraphrase Walter Brennan: No "hate" -- jes' fact...
“But hes gay so this will get buried.”
The story gets buried if the perp is Gay - unless - the perp is a Catholic priest, in which case the story gets a make-over - the perp is not identified as a homosexual, but as a pedophile.
Very, very big differences.
They both hate America and Western Civ, but aside from that they don’t have much of anything in common.
treating them to cookies and milk at bedtime.
a Michael Jackson clue
Article says boys in grades six to nine went on one of the trips, which doesn’t mean boys of other ages weren’t involved at times.
So we’re talking 12 to 15 years old? That’s right in the pubescent to early adolescent range many homosexuals are most attracted to.
There's a pattern here, these groups are networked. Could be a coincidence, maybe not. Islam is now the predominant religion in Indonesia. To me, Islam, and the man made Muslim Brotherhood cartels, simply replaced or joined forces with the "communist" organizations around the world.
Exactly. Just as any honest mental health professional will admit.
Smart teacher didn’t even do basic encryption...???
But that is one of the basic patterns of 20th-21st century history. Speaking globally, Fascism/National Socialism were "crushed" in the 1940s, but it seems it was simply replaced by global socialism/communism. When communism was "crushed" in the 1980s-90s, it was already being replaced by Islamism. Moreover, one could see the global communist problem arising in the 1930s before WWII, just as one could see the Islamist problem arising in the 1970s before the end of communism.
One might even argue, though it would be a more complicated analysis, that the imperialism of the late 1800s was "crushed" by the effects of WWI, though simply replaced by Fascism and Nazism--including Japanese "imperialism," which was more like an efficient version of Italian-style Fascism. And one could have seen the Fascist problem arising in the first decade of the 1900s, with the Futurist Manifesto in Europe, and the Russo-Japanese War and the annexing of Korea in Asia.
Which leads to an interesting question, for which no one I think yet knows the answer: what global problem will replace Islamism, when Islamism is ultimately crushed, as communism was in the 1980s, as Nazism/Fascism were in the 1940s, as imperialism was in the 1910s? I'm keeping my eyes open, waiting for it to show itself...
Lenin wrote extensively, during the expansion of the Bolshevik revolution, about the usefulness of the islamic world’s organization. Usefulness in supplying pliant religious fanatic leaders to do the bidding of the bolshies in converting islamics to commies and then getting work with the secret police locally to turn in the non-converts.
Lenin also wrote that after this partnership achieved their goals, the religious leaders and any leftover non-converts were to be liquidated. This was done extensively in the Ukraine, and among the Uygers, and in Siberia. Chilling reading available through the soviet archives and written about by Conquest and others.
So, yes, islamofascism meets the elements of world communism, and enables the world bankers to bankroll the whole thing with petrodollars. Indonesia as a hotbed (lest we forget the cozy friendship of the Clintons with Riady and company for so called “green” coal imported to the US. It wasn’t but it helped line their pockets. Just like Al-Gorezeera. All part of the whole.
Is he to old for the NFL?.
"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision
of what is before them, glory and danger alike,
and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it."
Whatever. Obama was back in the US long before this guy arrived in Indonesia.
It isn't so bizarre when you remember that the Muslim Brotherhood is cartel for the $multi Billion heroin trade. Americans live under ridiculous deception, nothing is what is seems. Starting with there is no "war on drugs".
The Muslim Brotherhood is networked throughout South and Central America. Maybe it was about the drug trade all along, and the Marxist ideology was a facade. Chavez turned Venezuela into a narco nation under the guise of a Marxist "Revolucion Bolivariano". The fact that the US media never mentions Venezuela becoming the largest drug distributor in world, is disturbing. The media acts as though Venezuela doesn't exist.
My guess the cartels will take off their masks and their sociopathic fangs will show. Americans brain washed by the drug legalization campaign are very naive to believe that drugs will brought into free markets in some sort of Kumbaya fashion.
Venezuela was a relatively peaceful nation and quickly into the murder capital of the world, under Chavez. The same things happened to Colombia in the 80's, but there really was a war on drugs, and they were able to liberate themselves.
Soros was to busy manipulating world currencies back then. His Goebbel's propaganda machinery, and compromised political Fat Cats, weren't positioned yet.
Quite true. The assumption that if they were in the same country at the same time they must have come into contact is itself pretty silly.
Indonesia is almost as populous as the US, with about 250M people.
I used to live in SWColorado. I'd run into people elsewhere with relatives or friends in CO, and they'd generally ask if I knew them.
CO having some millions of people, it's pretty unlikely I'd be acquainted with any particular individual. LOL
For some obscure reason, the same hasn't been true about any of the other states I've lived in.
BTW, how's things in Sac? Lived there for five years about 10 years ago.
Obama's entire elite education is sketchy for a boy from a white middle class single mother.
It was at Harvard where he was accused of sexually harassing other male students.
"During Barack Obamas tenure as the president of the Harvard Law Review in the late 1980s, at least two male student editors complained to colleagues and senior university officials about inappropriate behavior by Obama, ultimately leaving their positions at the journal, multiple sources confirm to THE KANSAS CITIAN. "
By 1992, Vahey and his wife moved to the prestigious Jakarta International School in Indonesia, where he again taught social studies, coached basketball and developed a reputation for leading fun overnight trips for students.
When Obama attended school in Jakarta in the 60s and 70s, it wasn't this one.
He attended a couple of local schools.
Obama attended the Indonesian-language Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi) Catholic School around the corner from their house for 1st, 2nd, and part of 3rd grade. ... From January 1970 to August 1972, Obama's mother taught English and was a department head and a director of the Institute of Management Education and Development. Obama attended the Indonesian-language government-run Besuki School, one and half miles east in the exclusive Menteng administrative village, for part of 3rd grade and for 4th grade.
Oh! You must have been that guy who moved away! Folks from Antelope to Galt have been wondering where you went. How have you been?
OK. Miss the American River Trail, though.
And remaindered wines at the Dollar Stores.
"The below registration documents were made available on Jan. 24, 2007 by the Fransiscus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, and they show the registration of Barack Obama Jr. to be under the name Barry Soetoro and he was registered into the Catholic school by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows that his Muslim step-father listed the boy's religion as Islam.
Barack Obama joined Muslim prayers at school, teacher says ANNE BARROWCLOUGH TIMES ONLINE NOVEMBER 08, 2010 8:53AM
In Jakarta they say Obama was remembered for participating in Muslim prayers.
Indonesia is a predominantly Musim country, Obama's step father was Muslim, and Obama's middle name is Hussein.
I bet some’ll say he wasn’t homosexual, because he was married (to a woman - I hate having to write that). Good Lord, the homosexual agenda is taking over!
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