Paedophile teacher had 'at least 60 victims' at London school

There were at least 60 victims of paedophile teacher William Vahey at a London school where he taught between 2009 and 2013.

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Parents ask not to be informed of Vahey abuse

William Vahey is thought to have abused children in several countries.
William Vahey is thought to have abused children in several countries. Credit: AP

Several families have told police that they do not wish to be informed of details surrounding potential sexual abuse of their children at a London school between 2009 and 2013.

The Metropolitan Police has identified images of suspected abuse against at least 60 boys aged between 11 and 16 from the period paedophile teacher William Vahey taught at Southbank International School.

Commander Graham McNulty, Specialist Crime Investigations, said: "A significant number of parents have indicated that they do not wish to be informed of any details pertaining to possible offences against their children.

"We respect this position and the dilemma that parents face. We are therefore currently considering differing options which would allow us to account for the wishes of all parents whilst ensuring we fulfil our responsibilities to support victims of crime."

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Paedophile teacher had at least 60 victims

Police believe there were at least 60 victims of paedophile teacher William Vahey at the London school he taught at, ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning reports.

Police said they are investigating incidents from between 2009 and 2013, when Mr Vahey worked at Southbank International School.

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Met Police says at least 60 victims of paedophile teacher William Vahey. Significant number of parents don't want to be told if kids victims

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Paedophile teacher subject of Southbank meeting

Wanted images of Vahey circulated by the FBI. Credit: AP Photos/FBI

A meeting is due to be held today at the Southbank International School in London, where a paedophile teacher is thought to have molested up to sixty pupils.

William Vahey was found dead last month after American authorities filed a warrant to examine a computer drive belonging to him.

School meeting to be held over convicted paedophile

William Vahey
William Vahey Credit: AP

Parents have been invited to a meeting at the school where convicted paedophile William Vahey taught for four years. The 64 year old, who left Southbank International School in 2013, is thought to have abused up to sixty pupils there.

He died in an apparent suicide last month after admitting to drugging and abusing children. The school has confirmed images of between 50 and 60 students were found on his computer.

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Footage shows paedophile Vahey in the classroom

ITV News has obtained footage of paeadophile William Vahey teaching in a classroom.

An FBI investigation into the teacher has uncovered up to sixty images of students at the Southbank International School in London on his computer.

It is believed the 64-year-old preyed on scores of boys during his teaching career across the world before his suicide.

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:

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Vahey pupil: I can't believe he got away with it for so long

Natalie Salmon was a student at a Venezuelan school where paedophile William Vahey was a teacher.

She told ITV News it is "really scary" that some of Vahey's victims may not know they had been assaulted, as they may have been drugged at the time.

She added she "can't believe" the teacher "got away" with his campaign of abuse for so long.

Vahey, who died in an apparent suicide, had been a teacher at several international schools across the world. The Southbank International School in London has confirmed that images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on Vahey's computer.

Vahey was convicted over a child sex offence in California in 1969 but appears to have failed to sign the sexual offenders' register, which allowed him to slip through the net and go on to work in several schools.

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Paedophile's victims thought to be aged 10-14

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police have said they believe any potential victims targeted by a paedophile at a London school are likely to be aged between 10 to 14 years.

It's investigating alongside the FBI and the NSPCC after it emerged a former teacher at Southbank International School abused pupils there.

American national William Vahey admitted drugging and sexually abusing boys on field trips. Today the school revealed photos of at least 50 pupils have been found on his computer. The Met is trying to identify and trace those involved.

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Paedophile 'slipped through net' to teach at schools

Convicted paedophile and American national William Vahey, 64, taught at a string of schools around the world, after avoiding the sex offenders register in California.

Vahey was convicted over a child sex offence in California in 1969 but appears to have failed to sign the sexual offenders' register, which allowed him to slip through the net and go on to work in several schools.

More: Vahey case raises concerns over teacher vettings

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Vahey case raises concerns over teacher vettings

The Southbank International School in Portland Place, London. Credit: Reuters

Allegations that convicted paedophile William Vahey was able to abuse schoolchildren will likely raise questions about how teachers are vetted before they can enter the classroom.

Most teachers in Britain are required by law to pass background checks and undergo enhanced vetting by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The Independent School Standard makes clear that independent schools must carry out an enhanced criminal check (DBS) and/or other appropriate checks before or soon after the person is appointed.

In the case of the Southbank International School it is understood that Vahey had successfully passed a check of his criminal record before becoming a teacher there.

More: Paedophile teacher had images of UK students on computer

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Images of 50-60 students on paedophile's computer

Images of between 50 and 60 students at a private school in London where convicted paedophile William Vahey, 64, taught were found on his computer, the school's executive principal has said.

American William Vahey, 64, worked at Southbank International School in London from 2009 to last year. Credit: AP

The history and geography teacher died in the US last month from an apparent suicide.

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