Dubai school suspends teacher after arrest amid child sex allegations

Dubai teacher William Ball was arrested in the US. (The Indy Channel)
Updated 19 February 2018
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Dubai school suspends teacher after arrest amid child sex allegations

DUBAI: A Dubai school has said that one of its teaching staff has been suspended following his arrest in the US for attempting to solicit sex with a seven-year-old.
William Ball, who works at the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai, was arrested and charged in Tampa, Florida on Friday, with soliciting a minor for sex and child pornography.
The school said in a press statement that teachers, staff and stakeholders had been notified of Ball’s suspension.
“William Ball has been suspended with immediate effect pending confirmation and the outcome of the judicial process,” the statement to Arab News read, adding: “The school informed parents and staff as well as the relevant stakeholders.”
News broke of Ball’s arrest early Monday morning. Local reports suggested that he is originally from Mississippi and is a music teacher at the school. It has also been suggested that prior to his employment in Dubai, he was working at the Qatar Academy in Doha.
During a bond hearing in a court in Tampa the prosecutor explained that Ball was using the Internet and a mobile phone to set up and meet a seven-year-old, according to US cable news channel ABC.
The court heard that Ball paid $5,000 for a plane ticket and traveled to meet the child.
On his arrest, he was found to have items for a child, condoms and lubricant, the court heard.
Other evidence gathered includes extensive internet conversations, which is being handled by the Department of Homeland Security.
The school statement claimed that Ball was recruited through a “reputable agency” and that it carried out “stringent background checks.”
The school added that no concerns had been raised about Ball or any other member of staff.
The statement went on to add that immediate action had been taken and that ensuring the protection and wellbeing of its students, which it said was their “top priority.”


Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due ‘soon’

Updated 18 min 39 sec ago
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Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due ‘soon’

  • President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and Mideast envoy says the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
  • Kushner says the plan is “almost done,” but offered scant details aside from the promise of economic prosperity

JERUSALEM: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and Mideast envoy says the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
In an interview published Sunday in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper, Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized Abbas, who has shunned the Trump team over its alleged pro-Israel bias, particularly on the fate of contested Jerusalem.
Kushner says the plan is “almost done,” but offered scant details aside from the promise of economic prosperity. He made no mention of a Palestinian state arising alongside Israel.
Kushner cast doubt on Abbas’ ability to make a deal, saying the Palestinian leadership is “scared we will release our peace plan and the Palestinian people will actually like it” because it would offer them a better life.