Subject: FW: Former WV High School Principal Involved In Sexual Assaults On Exchange Students
From: "Chris Gould" <Chris.Gould@avonandsomerset.police.uk>
Date: Thu, May 21, 2009 8:31 am
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
Following receipt of the email below a few months ago, I am interested to hear further as to whether the Police have been able to pursue the information surrounding Scott King and the suggestion contained within, that he allegedly attempted to rape an International Foreign Exchange Student in his home?
These programmes are monitored and to a large extent controlled by rules imposed by the US State Department. There is much concern at the moment around the growing number of cases where foreign exchange students are being treated inappropriately and in many instances unlawfully. Many breaches of Visa requirements are being identified by the US State Department by organisations responsible for bringing these young people into the country. The growing concern surrounds the International standing of the USA once these complaints are made by returning students in their countries of origin.
My interest in this matter is one of the police perspective. I retired two years ago as a Detective Chief Superintendent in the UK after 30+ years service, much of which was devoted to child abuse investigation and homicides. Following research I undertook for the Home Office and European Commission, I set up the Child-Safe international children's charity (whilst a serving officer). The original research looked at the abuse suffered by children and young people on educational, cultural and language trips abroad. The findings were significant and took me around the globe, investigating and researching. Since setting up the charity, the aim has been to advise and support commercial and voluntary organisations involved with such programmes (including schools) and help them to reduce the opportunities for abuse within their organisation/homestays etc. Much of the support comes from experience, intelligence and information gathered from victims, survivors and offenders.
I also work internationally with many different law enforcement agencies and Governments. The charity is now supported and endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Centre for Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), ECPAT International, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and others.
My interest therefore is in the detail of the case, whether it has been investigated, the identity of the US based organisation through whom the foreign student came into the USA and anything else that will help lead to identifying preventative measures that can be put in place for the future? I am happy for my details to be passed to the Youth Travel organisation and for them to contact me for further support if that is possible? I am also able to advise and support law enforcement agencies by giving presentations or running seminars on what criminality is involved in this specialist area and how they can support the infrastructure of this almost 'invisible' industry (invisible to law enforcement agencies due the large scale under-reporting).
Scott King seems to be exactly the type of individual that the US State Department would not want involved in such programmes!
I am grateful for your time and look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Chief Executive Officer
Child-Safe International Ltd
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
PO Box 37
Tel: +44 1275 816131
Fax: +44 1275 816655
Mobile: +44 7785 900310
(Registered Charity No.1105726)
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