An American performing arts lecturer who taught at Milton Academy in Boston, United States 30 years ago has been exposed as a paedophile by the school. It is believed that he also worked in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
, and was pretty well-known in the performing arts scene here.
The lecturer was sacked from Milton Academy in 1987 after admitting to molesting a student there. Following recent investigations and findings by a security firm the academy had hired, it has been revealed that he had also sexually abused at least 12 male students during his time there. The students were all minors at the time.
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The question is why did the investigation start only three decades after it happened? And why wasn’t he arrested and charged for what he did when he first admitted his misdeed?
Last year, a news report concerning sexual misconduct in private schools in the US kicked off a series of investigations that looked into similar crimes that could have occurred in the past. In a shocking reveal, the security firm found out that the school’s management at the time had allowed the lecturer to continue teaching there for the next five years
before he was sacked despite having known of his crimes.
According to The Star
, the lecturer’s LinkedIn profile showed that he had since worked as a theatre director, acting coach and performing arts educator in Southeast Asia for almost 30 years, in what could be a total of 18 schools and theatre organisations.
The Milton Academy Board expressed their regret for not protecting their students all those years ago and failing to investigate him at the time. “On behalf of Milton Academy and its board of trustees, we want to acknowledge and deeply apologise for those failures,” said the head of school Todd Bland and board of trustees president Lisa Donohue, as quoted by The Star
The academy has contacted immigration authorities about the investigation findings as well as the lecturer’s previous workplace in the past 30 years. His whereabouts are currently unknown. As more information about child sexual predators begin to surface, here's a look back at some of Malaysia's most notorious sex offenders
in recent years.