April 22, 2014

Seeking Victims in William James Vahey Case

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance to identify potential victims of a suspected international child predator. William James Vahey, a 64-year-old United States citizen, was a suspect in an international sex crime investigation but committed suicide in Luverne, Minnesota on March 22, 2014, before any criminal charges could be filed.

The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes that it investigates and provide these victims with information, assistance services, and resources.

If you have information about this ongoing investigation or believe you or someone you know may have been victimized by William James Vahey, the FBI requests that you come forward. Victims may be eligible for certain services and rights under federal law. Additionally, we may be able to assist you with finding resources in your country if you reside overseas. Please see the official press release and related story for detailed information on this investigation and a timeline of the locations and dates of employment of William James Vahey.

Seal of the Office for Victim Assistance Program with motto Fairness, Respect, Privacy.

Some questions to consider:

  • Did you or your child attend school at one of the known locations during the time period in which William James Vahey was employed in that location?
  • Do you have knowledge or information related to William James Vahey?
  • Do you believe you were a victim of abuse by William James Vahey?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please complete this secure, confidential online questionnaire.

Information from the public may also be submitted confidentially via e-mail to: .


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