Wednesday 4 June 2014


William James Vahey
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance to identify victims of suspected international child predator William James Vahey.

The FBI profile on Vahey is here.

Vahey, a United States citizen, was employed as a teacher in various private American schools abroad since 1972. 

The investigation is being led by the FBI, with help from the Metropolitan Police.

Vahey participated in student study tours in many countries including Thailand, India, Jordan, Nepal, Bahrain, Syria, Greece, Egypt, Russia, England, Kenya, Hungary, Turkey, Iran, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Venezuela.

Since his death last month it has emerged he preyed on dozens of boys.

Police report that on April 22 2014 officers executed a search warrant at Vahey's address in north London, where officers recovered a laptop and 11 memory sticks.

Vahry is believed to have abused children at other schools around the world, and killed himself two days after police in the US filed a warrant to search a computer drive belonging to him containing pornographic images of at least 90 boys aged from 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious.

The FBI revealed it has 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".

Images of between 50 and 60 students at Southbank were found on the computer drive, with the school's chairman of governors, Sir Chris Woodhead, saying he had been left sickened by the revelations which emerged in April.

Vahey was convicted over a child sex offence in California in 1969 but appears to have failed to sign the sexual offenders' register, which allowed him to slip through the net and go on to work in several schools around the world.

Any information  can be emailed to for forwarding to law enforcement authorities.


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