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Hundreds contact FBI over dead paedophile William Vahey
Hundreds of potential victims have come forward with information on a convicted paedophile who abused children at a London independent school.
US national William Vahey, 64, taught history and geography at Southbank International School in London from 2009 until 2013.
Since his death last month it has emerged he preyed on dozens of boys.
The investigation is being led by the FBI, with help from the Metropolitan Police.
The teacher, who is also believed to have abused children at other schools around the world, 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”.
A convicted paedophile abused children at a private school in London where he taught, its chair of governors said.
William Vahey, 64, taught students at Southbank International School from 2009 to last year. He was found dead last month.
It has since emerged that the US national had preyed on up to 90 boys at different schools he worked in around the world.
The FBI said his victims were drugged and some may not know they were abused.
Vahey killed himself two days after investigators filed a warrant to search a computer belonging to him containing pornographic images of at least 90 boys aged from 10 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious.
Southbank International School’s chair of governors, Sir Chris Woodhead, said the matter was the “worst thing that I’ve ever been involved in in 40 years of education”.
The former Ofsted chief inspector said the school was working with the FBI to identify which of the children in the images were from the school.
The photographs were catalogued with dates and locations that corresponded with overnight field trips that Vahey had taken with students since 2008, but he had led pupils on such outings for his entire career.
Vahey was jailed for child sex offences in California in 1969, the FBI said.
The parents of around 60 children believed to have been abused by a paedophile teacher at the elite Southbank International school in London are being advised by lawyers over a potential £1m-plus compensation claim.
Images of Southbank pupils aged between 11 and 16 were found earlier this year on a computer owned by William Vahey, a convicted paedophile from America, who taught at the school between 2009 and 2013. Vahey killed himself in March after his criminal behaviour was uncovered while working at a school in Nicaragua.