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FBI searches for victims of suspected child sex predator
WASHINGTON -- The FBI is asking for help identifying victims of a teacher suspected of drugging and molesting young boys.
William James Vahey, 64, committed suicide last month after his employer saw a thumb drive that contained pornographic images of young boys. The FBI says he was teaching 9th grade world history and geography at the American Nicaraguan School at the time.
Vahey was jailed for child molestation in 1969 in California. Since that time, investigators say he worked as a teacher and basketball coach at various American schools around the globe.
FBI officials believe he may have preyed on students for decades in these positions. "I've never seen another case where an individual may have molested this many children over such a long period of time," says one FBI official who specializes in crimes against children.
Authorities say Vahey drugged his victims, believed to be boys between the ages of 12 and 14, and those victims may be unaware of what happened to them. Vahey allegedly confessed to a school administrator who confronted him about the images. He reportedly admitted to preying on boys his entire life, giving them sleeping pills prior to the assaults.
At this point in the investigation, authorities are working to identify victims. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim is urged to contact the FBI to aid investigators and seek services through the Office for Victim Assistance.
More information can be found here: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/april/seeking-information-in-international-child-exploitation-case/seeking-information-in-international-child-exploitation-case.