Danish Intern in Manhattan Accused of Sexual Abuse of 13 Preschool Kids
nsnbc : Malthe Thomsen, a Danish national in Manhattan, New York City, has been charged with the sexual abuse of thirteen four to five year-old preschool kids. Earlier this year it was disclosed that as U.S. sex predator worked at over ten international schools.
Malthe Thomsen allegedly abused both boys and girls, no older than four and five-years old, reports The Copenhagen Post. Thomsen allegedly placed the hands of nine children on his genital region, pressed one of the children’s face against his genitals and rubbed the buttocks of three others.
The abuse was witnessed by an assistant teacher at the preschool who reported the incident to the authorities, reports The Copenhagen Post, adding that the New York Daily alleges that the school conducted a full investigation, “including secretly monitoring Thomsen and interviewing his co-workers” without finding “conclusive evidence”.
Malthe Thomsom was arrested and reportedly gave an hour-long confession. The Copenhagen Post quotes Thomson as saying:
“Well, I was told there were accusations of me putting kids’ hands an my lap. … I don’t have any memory, but if that’s what people are saying then maybe it’s possible”.
The Copenhagen Post points out that Thomson’s case was “mishandled”, quoting his lawyer as claiming that police had “worn down Thomson” and that police failed to inform Thomson about the fact that he had the right to contact that Danish Consulate.
Thomson remains in custody after he was refused release on bail at the initial hearing. Maximum penalty for child sex abuse is seven years in prison per child. While Thomson ought to be considered innocent until eventually proven guilty by a court, his case casts new light on the problem that child sex predators often use work at schools abroad to gratify their perversions and that many schools who hire foreign staff lack the implementation of procedures which safeguard against entrusting children to potential sex predators.
In April, a scandal broke about Jakarta International school when a sexually abused child had contracted herpes. The scandal had hardly settled when it was revealed that a U.S. child sex predator who had worked at over ten schools also had worked at Jakarta International School. Other schools where William James Vahay had worked included:
Tehran American School in Iran from 1972-73; the American Community School of Beirut in Lebanon, 1973-75; the American School of Madrid in Spain, 1975-76; the Passargad School in Ahwaz, Iran, 1976-78; the American Community School in Athens, Greece, 1978-80; the Saudi Aramco Schools in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1980-92; the Jakarta International School in Indonesia, 1992-2002; the Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela, 2002-09; and the Southbank International School in London, 2009-2013.
Cases like that of Vahey and Thomson suggest that there is an urgent need for higher standards with regard to hiring foreign teachers.
Ch/L – nsnbc 07.07.2014
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