Bahrain deports US teacher

Updated 12 August 2013
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Bahrain deports US teacher

MANAMA: Bahrain deported a US citizen working as a teacher in the kingdom over what it described Saturday as her “radical” writings on Twitter and websites as the government cracks down on protests the country.
Erin Kilbride, of Portland, Maine, left the kingdom for the US, officials at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said.
In a statement Saturday, Bahrain’s Ministry of State for Communications said it had received complaints about Kilbride. The ministry said an investigation found that Kilbride worked “illegally as an unaccredited journalist” in violation of her visa.
Kilbride was “using Twitter and a number of websites to publish articles on Bahrain that were deemed to incite hatred against the government and members of the royal family,” the ministry said. It did not offer specifics about what she wrote, though it did say she wrote for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
The ministry also said her landlord apparently reported Kilbride for having a flag of Hezbollah. The official Twitter feed of Bahrain’s Minister of State Communications, Fawaz Al Khalifa, posted images Saturday that it described as a yellow Hezbollah flag in Kilbride’s bedroom.
Kilbride did not return requests for comment Saturday from The Associated Press.


Former Dubai and Qatar teacher admits child sex offenses

Updated 21 May 2018
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Former Dubai and Qatar teacher admits child sex offenses

  • American, William Brinson Ball, 39, pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit sex with a minor and possession of child pornography
  • On his arrest on Feb. 15, he was found to have items for the child, as well as condoms and lubricant

DUBAI: A former Dubai and Qatar teacher has admitted child sex offenses at a US court in Florida.
American, William Brinson Ball, 39, pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit sex with a minor and possession of child pornography at a hearing at the US District Court in Tampa on Thursday, May 17.
Ball, who taught music at the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai and previously at the Qatar Academy in Doha, paid $5,000 to fly to the US in February, where he planned to meet a seven-year-old.
On his arrest on Feb. 15, he was found to have items for the child, as well as condoms and lubricant, an earlier court hearing was told.
Ball, originally from Mississippi, had used the Internet and a mobile phone to lure his victim, prosecutors told the court at an earlier hearing.
When Arab News spoke to his Dubai employer in February, a spokesman for the school said the expat teacher had been recruited through a “reputable [recruitment] agency” and “stringent background checks” had been carried out.
Both schools also told Arab News at the time that there was no reason to believe Ball had committed similar offenses while in their employment in the Gulf.
Ball will return to court on Aug. 3, 2018 for sentencing.