(posted April 22, 8:00 pm) — The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance to identify alleged victims of a suspected U.S. child predator who reportedly taught at Managua’s American Nicaraguan School from 2013 until March 2014.
William James Vahey, 64, was a suspect in an international sex crimes investigation who committed suicide on March 21, 2014, according to an FBI release. His alleged victims were American and international students enrolled in private schools abroad where Vahey taught, beginning in 1972.
“A USB thumb drive belonging to Vahey and provided to the FBI revealed pornographic images of minor males, approximately 12 to 14 years old, who appeared to be asleep or unconscious,” according to an FBI release. “The images were captioned with locations and dates that referenced places Vahey had previously traveled with students. When Vahey was confronted about the images, he reportedly admitted molesting boys throughout his entire life and said he gave the minors sleeping pills prior to the molestation.”
FBI agents said they have reviewed photographs dating back to 2008 that depict at least 90 alleged victims. The FBI says it is seeking to notify individuals of the ongoing investigation and encourage additional alleged victims to come forward.
“Vahey, who maintained residences in London and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, traveled extensively and internationally during the past four decades, working as a middle school and high school teacher at several American international schools in at least nine different countries,” according to the FBI. “He taught history, geography, and social studies, and also coached junior varsity and basketball teams for boys. He regularly accompanied students on overnight field trips.”
Before moving to Nicaragua, Vahey reportedly lived between the years of 1973 – 2009 in London, Venezuela, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Iran, Spain, and Lebanon.
His identity and unwanted presence at the American Nicaraguan School was known by others for some time.
The FBI is asking for folks with information about the ongoing investigation regarding William James Vahey, including those who think they might been victimized by him, to please complete our confidential questionnaire or submit a confidential email to: HOvictimassistance@ic.fbi.gov. You can also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
See ANS’ response here.