Episode 1: William Vahey – The Predator Teacher



While completing a degree in education, William James Vahey was convicted of molesting 8 young boys in 1969. He was sentenced to 3 months in jail and 5 years of probation. He finished his degree and unbelievably was allowed to begin teaching. He became a middle school history teacher and taught all over the world for over 40 years. He was finally caught in 2014 when it was discovered he had been molesting young boys throughout his entire teaching career. Who was William Vahey and how was he able to get away with such a heinous crime for so many years?

 

Vahey’s Teaching History

2013 – March 2014: American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua
2009 – 2013: Southbank International School, London, United Kingdom
2002 – 2009: Escuela Campo Alegre, Caracas, Venezuela
1992 – 2002: Jakarta International School, Jakarta, Indonesia
1980 – 1992: Saudi Aramco Schools, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
1978 – 1980: American Community School, Athens, Greece
1976 – 1978: Passargad School, Ahwaz, Iran
1975 – 1976: American School of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
1973 – 1975: American Community School of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
1972 – 1973: Tehran American School, Tehran, Iran

Episode Resources

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

Stop It Now

D2L

ChildHelp

SesameNet

States Graded on Teacher Background Checks – USA Today

 

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