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First, I want to apologize for the length of this post. To respect your time, I try to keep posts short. There was a lot of information on this case; I didn’t want to leave out any pertinent details. With that said, thank you for reading and caring about children.
BLOG POST #101: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an American teacher, born and raised in New York, working at international schools which cater to the rich and super-rich.
The case referenced in this post deviates from my usual research of crimes taking place at or involving schools in the United States. Nonetheless, this case demonstrates how wily a pedophile can be.
Once A Pedophile Always A Pedophile?
When he was 19, he worked as a teacher’s aide. He was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior for fondling the penises of boys as young as seven while teaching them to swim. He pleaded guilty. Released after serving 90 days in jail, he was placed on the sex offenders register and required to tell authorities when he moved.
Ten years later, without notifying the authorities, he left the country and began teaching children of U.S. workers in foreign countries.
There are close to two hundred schools around the globe supported by the U.S. government to promote a U.S.-style education.
Every Child Is At Risk
Even when parents are rich and super-rich, their children can still become victims of child sexual abuse without the parents knowing what was happening. The pedophile, in this case, was that smooth.
He was said to be charming and popular. And married with two sons.
Following his wife, as she climbed the corporate ladder, he taught in several countries.
Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid
He taught English, world history, and coached boys’ basketball at the middle school level. When newly hired, the first thing he did was set up a travel club, whereby he took students on overnight hiking and camping trips.
For the children he’d chosen to abuse, he served them drug-laced Double Stuff Oreo cookies and water. To be certain the boys ate the entire cookie; he proposed a competition, the one who ate the cookies the fastest would be the first to pick a bed. What kid doesn’t love a cookie eating competition?
So as not to be caught, he also drugged the other chaperoning teacher. One teacher said in an interview, he brought her a beverage in a mug and insisted she drink it all. With the first sip, she tasted something odd. Still, she drank the beverage and remembered nothing until morning.
One student, who went on an overnight trip and ate the cookies, reported he woke the next morning feeling dazed. He noticed he had on different shorts and a friend was wearing his shorts.
Somebody Dropped The Ball
Occasionally, colleagues and parents mentioned concerns to principals. Rather than investigate, school administrators avoided the issue partly because his wife held a prominent role in the international school system and partly because school principals typically aren’t good people managers.
Without consequence, he sexually abused more than 50 children over a span of 40 years.
A Special Agent with the FBI said, “I have never seen another case where an individual may have molested this many children over such a long period of time.”
This criminal’s story may have ended differently had it not been for his housekeeper who’d stolen his flash drives and turned them into the school. After seeing what was on the flash drives, the principal fired the teacher and alerted the authorities.
Before the FBI could issue a search warrant, the American teacher committed suicide.
Hear No Evil; See No Evil; Speak No Evil
When the FBI notified parents of their boys’ photos on the flash drives and of the probable molestation, many decided they didn’t want to know more or see the photos. They didn’t want their children to know what had happened, they just wanted ‘it’ to go away.
During the investigation it was determined if any of the international schools had done a criminal records check from the U.S., it would have been disclosed that he was a convicted child molester.
It is unknown if his wife knew he was a prolific pedophile or if he’d abused his sons.
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