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FBI: 100s have contacted us about international pedophile case

  • FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows William James Vahey in 1986, 1995, 2004 and 2013. Vahey, 64, killed himself in Luverne, Minn. on March 21, 2014. The discovery of Vahey, a man the FBI regards as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

    FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows William James Vahey in 1986, 1995, 2004 and 2013. Vahey, 64, killed himself in Luverne, Minn. on March 21, 2014. The discovery of Vahey, a man the FBI regards as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

  • In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, a security guard stands at the entrance of Jakarta International School (JIS) compound in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. citizen William Vahey taught here from 1992-2002. Vahey began his international teaching career with a series of stays around the Middle East and Europe, and by 1992, Vahey and his wife moved to Indonesia. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was the public persona of William Vahey until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

    In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, a security guard stands at the entrance of Jakarta International School (JIS) compound in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. citizen William Vahey taught here from 1992-2002. Vahey began his international teaching career with a series of stays around the Middle East and Europe, and by 1992, Vahey and his wife moved to Indonesia. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was the public persona of William Vahey until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

  • In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, a security guard stands at the entrance of Jakarta International School (JIS) compound in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. citizen William Vahey taught here from 1992-2002. Vahey began his international teaching career with a series of stays around the Middle East and Europe, and by 1992, Vahey and his wife moved to Indonesia. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was the public persona of William Vahey until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

    In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, a security guard stands at the entrance of Jakarta International School (JIS) compound in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. citizen William Vahey taught here from 1992-2002. Vahey began his international teaching career with a series of stays around the Middle East and Europe, and by 1992, Vahey and his wife moved to Indonesia. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was the public persona of William Vahey until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

  • FILE - This Thursday, April 24, 2014, file photo, shows the entrance to the Southbank International School in central London where suspected child molester William James Vahey was a teacher from 2009-2013. Vahey went to work at the Westminster campus of London’s Southbank International School, with about 350 pupils from 70 countries. The FBI regards Vahey as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory and has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

    FILE - This Thursday, April 24, 2014, file photo, shows the entrance to the Southbank International School in central London where suspected child molester William James Vahey was a teacher from 2009-2013. Vahey went to work at the Westminster campus of London’s Southbank International School, with about 350 pupils from 70 countries. The FBI regards Vahey as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory and has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

  • In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a security guard mans his post at the entrance of the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua where U.S. citizen William James Vahey worked as teacher. Vahey killed himself on March 21, two days after agents in Houston filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to Vahey. The storage device contained pornographic images of at least 90 boys, ages 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious, according to the FBI. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a security guard mans his post at the entrance of the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua where U.S. citizen William James Vahey worked as teacher. Vahey killed himself on March 21, two days after agents in Houston filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to Vahey. The storage device contained pornographic images of at least 90 boys, ages 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious, according to the FBI. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

  • In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a vehicle drives by the main entrance gate of the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. U.S. citizen William James Vahey, 64, worked as teacher here from 2013-2014. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. The FBI regards Vahey as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a vehicle drives by the main entrance gate of the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. U.S. citizen William James Vahey, 64, worked as teacher here from 2013-2014. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. The FBI regards Vahey as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

  • In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a security guard is reflected in a car mirror in front of the house where U.S. citizen William James Vahey lived, near the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua where he worked as teacher from 2013-2014. Vahey, 64, killed himself on March 21, 2014 - two days after agents in Houston filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to him. The storage device contained pornographic images of at least 90 boys, ages 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious, according to the FBI. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a security guard is reflected in a car mirror in front of the house where U.S. citizen William James Vahey lived, near the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua where he worked as teacher from 2013-2014. Vahey, 64, killed himself on March 21, 2014 - two days after agents in Houston filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to him. The storage device contained pornographic images of at least 90 boys, ages 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious, according to the FBI. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

  • This Thursday, May 9, 2014 photo shows the American Community School in northern Athens, Greece where William Vahey taught.  When a maid stole a memory drive from him in November, on it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. The discovery of a man the FBI regards as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    This Thursday, May 9, 2014 photo shows the American Community School in northern Athens, Greece where William Vahey taught. When a maid stole a memory drive from him in November, on it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. The discovery of a man the FBI regards as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

  • This photo provided by former Tehran American School student Mark Turnage shows part of a page about student organizations in the school's 1973 yearbook with a photo of William James Vahey, right, who taught at the school from 1972-1973. Vahey was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was Vahey's public persona until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo) NO SALES

    This photo provided by former Tehran American School student Mark Turnage shows part of a page about student organizations in the school's 1973 yearbook with a photo of William James Vahey, right, who taught at the school from 1972-1973. Vahey was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was Vahey's public persona until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo) NO SALES

  • FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows William James Vahey in 1986, 1995, 2004 and 2013. Vahey, 64, killed himself in Luverne, Minn. on March 21, 2014. The discovery of Vahey, a man the FBI regards as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/FBI, File)
  • In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, a security guard stands at the entrance of Jakarta International School (JIS) compound in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. citizen William Vahey taught here from 1992-2002. Vahey began his international teaching career with a series of stays around the Middle East and Europe, and by 1992, Vahey and his wife moved to Indonesia. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was the public persona of William Vahey until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
  • In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, a security guard stands at the entrance of Jakarta International School (JIS) compound in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. citizen William Vahey taught here from 1992-2002. Vahey began his international teaching career with a series of stays around the Middle East and Europe, and by 1992, Vahey and his wife moved to Indonesia. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was the public persona of William Vahey until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
  • FILE - This Thursday, April 24, 2014, file photo, shows the entrance to the Southbank International School in central London where suspected child molester William James Vahey was a teacher from 2009-2013. Vahey went to work at the Westminster campus of London’s Southbank International School, with about 350 pupils from 70 countries. The FBI regards Vahey as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory and has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
  • In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a security guard mans his post at the entrance of the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua where U.S. citizen William James Vahey worked as teacher. Vahey killed himself on March 21, two days after agents in Houston filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to Vahey. The storage device contained pornographic images of at least 90 boys, ages 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious, according to the FBI. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
  • In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a vehicle drives by the main entrance gate of the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. U.S. citizen William James Vahey, 64, worked as teacher here from 2013-2014. He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. The FBI regards Vahey as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
  • In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo, a security guard is reflected in a car mirror in front of the house where U.S. citizen William James Vahey lived, near the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua where he worked as teacher from 2013-2014. Vahey, 64, killed himself on March 21, 2014 - two days after agents in Houston filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to him. The storage device contained pornographic images of at least 90 boys, ages 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious, according to the FBI. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
  • This Thursday, May 9, 2014 photo shows the American Community School in northern Athens, Greece where William Vahey taught.  When a maid stole a memory drive from him in November, on it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. The discovery of a man the FBI regards as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
  • This photo provided by former Tehran American School student Mark Turnage shows part of a page about student organizations in the school's 1973 yearbook with a photo of William James Vahey, right, who taught at the school from 1972-1973. Vahey was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. That was Vahey's public persona until a maid stole a memory drive from him in November. On it was evidence that Vahey molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more. (AP Photo) NO SALES

Hundreds of people have contacted the FBI about a now-dead teacher suspected of drugging and molesting boys during a four-decade career at international schools on four continents, greatly expanding the potential number of suspected victims.

The FBI said last month that William Vahey had molested at least 90 boys, whose photos were found on a memory drive stolen by his maid. The bureau said yesterday that it has now “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.”

Special Agent Shauna Dunlap said officials wanted as many people as possible to call or contact the FBI through its website in order to receive counseling and provide information about a man who the bureau calls one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory.

Vahey killed himself at age 64 after evidence of molestation was found on a memory drive stolen by a maid in Nicaragua.

He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. The discovery of the molestations has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses.

Apparently, not even Vahey’s victims knew they had been molested. The double-cream Oreos that he handed out at bedtime on school trips were laced with sleeping pills – enough to leave the boys unconscious as he touched them and posed them for nude photographs.

There were decades of missed opportunities to expose Vahey, starting with an early California sex-abuse conviction that didn’t prevent him from taking a series of jobs exposing him to children.

In 1969, Vahey was arrested on child sexual abuse charges after the police said he pinched the genitals of eight boys, ages 7 to 9, at an Orange County, Calif., high school where he taught swimming. Vahey, then 20, told authorities he had started touching boys without their consent at age 14.

He pleaded guilty to a single charge of lewd and lascivious behavior. He received a 90-day jail sentence and five years of probation, but he was allowed to leave the country in January 1972.

Vahey began his international teaching career at the American School in Tehran, the first in a series of stays across the Middle East and Europe. He taught history, social studies and related subjects in Lebanon, Spain, Iran, Greece, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, almost always to middle school students.

By the time he arrived in Saudi Arabia, Vahey was married and had two sons with Jean Vahey, a widely respected administrator. He also coached basketball and led school trips abroad.

Authorities may have missed a warning sign during a later teaching stint in Venezuela: Two students under Vahey’s care were rushed to a hospital after falling unconscious in their hotel room on a trip, parents and staff said.

Seven years later, the Vaheys went to work at the Westminster campus of London’s Southbank International School, with about 350 pupils from 70 countries. The police said at least 60 of the 90 or so children in the images on the USB drive were from that school.

In early March, the maid who had taken the memory drive handed it to American Nicaraguan school director Gloria Doll, who found it contained photos of unconscious boys, many between the ages of 12 and 14, often being touched by Vahey.

Doll confronted Vahey, who told her, according to an FBI affidavit, that he had given the boys sleeping pills, adding, “I was molested as a boy, that is why I do this. I have been doing this my whole life.”

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