Is WV Part Of A National Pedophile Network Exploiting Foreign Exchange Students?

Where Facts And Controversy In The News Come Together In Truth

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What The State Department & Exchange Student Industry Don’t Want You To Know….. By,JackSwint & Sam Webber

PART ONE ofourtwo part story takes you first inside of a multi million dollar industry known on the surface as the National Foreign Exchange Student Program. The original concept and intent is easy; it’s a program that became popular after WWII in which a student, typically in secondary or higher education, chooses to live in a foreign country to learn, among other things, the language and culture. Americasponsorsapproximately 30,000 a year.Below the surface, a dark side has evolved that has allowed pedophiles, rapists and common thieves to infiltrate this program and use it as a black market sex slave network that preys on children that we invited into our country. What’s most alarming is that you can actually go online and order upthe student of your choice. View their picture, read their bio and then pick that childto be delivered to your doorstep. (link below) It’s like the old Burger King commercial where you can have it “your way.” Some predators whohave been arrested and convicted of sex crimes against exchange students admit they pre-picked their teen because they wanted to have sex with that specific one.Example: Convicted predators like Frank Swiderski (OH), Peter Ruzzo (CA), and Richard Young (KS), have, in one form or another admitted the desire to have sex with their exchange student simply upon seeing their photo. Ruzzo even considered it a challenge. He accomplished it too. In West Virginia, the exchange program has also fallen prey to students being groomed for sex and violence by a criminal element that has cloaked itself in the form of sponsors, supervisors and host parents. In our state alone, a pedophile network exists that includes pedophiles in at least Kanawha, Cabell, McDowell and Fayette Counties.

Do officials at the board of education know of this problem within the exchange program?? Yes, sources tell us numerous complaints are on file and sealed within the WV State Board of Education that date back years. At least one former teacher-principal had to resign because of his pedophile-rapist acts that the board concealed to head off a scandal. Thomas Scott Kingwas moved around from county to county school systems until they had to finally force his resignation. He still is a host parent and sponsor today. But, over the years he has become involved in a network of pedophiles operating not only in WV, but across the country and abroad.

According to records we obtained, West Virginia hostedapproximately 180 exchange students in 2008. Thomas Scott King had at least 3 of those kids living in his home. This is not a problem of just a few bad apples ruining the student exchange program. It has become the new nation wide port of entry for pedophiles to prey on kids.On The National Level

To most of us we think of the Foreign Exchange Student Program as a chance for teens to come to America and attend our schools and live with host families in the country most foreigners consider the land of freedom and great opportunities. At least that is what the pamphlets, brochures and websites from the business thatoperate these programs detail. What they don’t admit or advertise is that, just in the US alone, this is a multi million dollar industry that generates from $9,000 to $22,000 per student per year. They also hide the fact that some really bad people are intentionally destroying a really good program that was once held beyond reproach.It’s not just about sex. Some host families and sponsors have been convicted of crimes from petty theft to extortion. Several documented cases show that students were placed in the homes of parolee’s with criminal convictions for aggravated assault/robbery and accusations of rape. A retired parole officer in Eugene, Oregon confirmed during a 3-year period supervising sex offenders of five instances of them gaining access to new child victims by becoming hosts to foreign students.The retired officer, stated in a report….. “I learned of 5 instances of sex offenders, in this county, gaining access to new child victims by becoming hosts of foreign students. One was convicted of molesting a 16 year-old Japanese girl. Another convicted sex offender hosted a 17 year-old Japanese boy, but the boy returned home before he could be questioned to determine if he was abused. Another convicted rapist hosted a 18 year-old Japanese girl; she stayed in his home only a few days before the situation became known to authorities and girl was removed, but not before the rapist began touching her inappropriately (grooming behavior, a prelude to raping her.) A year later, this same rapist was accepted by a host organization to host a 16 year-old Thai girl.”

Some students arrive in the US with no hosts; no schools and they are placed in trailer parks and motels or live (contrary to regulations) with coordinators. They are paraded around shopping centers looking for potential hosts. So, what government entity oversees the entire program?? The U.S. State Department, who in turn rely on the same organizations that are making millions of dollars each year. When faced with a serious complaint, the government agencies stance has routinely been that it is a “contractual dispute” with the student’s family and youth exchange organization.

Who tries to oversee all of this?? Watchdog associations and concerned citizens like Danielle Grijalva, founder of the organization, “Committee of Safety for Foreign Exchange Students.” Danielle says the problem is just too big. And, it appears on the surface that one reason no one really wants to address it because so much money is being made in this growing industry. Her efforts have paid off; their organization is now comprised of over 1,500 CSFES volunteers from across the globe. Even their press releases are now translated and appear in over 35 newspapers internationally.

Before becoming an advocate for the abused, Danielle was first an area representative for the Center for Cultural Interchange, a foreign exchange student program based in St. Charles, Ill. She helped find host families for students studying in the U.S., securing high school placement for them as well as advising them on local culture and customs. She is now the watchdog of those people who prey on those innocent students we have invited to our country like the spider to the fly.

Then on Sept. 20, 2004, she learned about what she calls “the dark side” of the foreign exchange program. A 16-year-old exchange student from France sat in her living room and told her that within a month of his arrival his host father photographed him when he was sleeping, showed him online pornography and offered him alcohol. Grijalva instincts as a mother took over and she looked for help from everyone she could think of: local police, employers, school administrators. The more she researched, the more she learned that abuse at the hands of host families or individuals, across the world, was a silent problem.

More than 30,000 students arrive in the U.S. each year through foreign-exchange programs. Grijalva believes abuse can go unreported due to language barriers, cultural differences and student fears that visas may be taken away. Some students have been told if they make a complaint, they will be deported in less then 72 hours. And, they will be sent home in shame.

“I began to ask questions,” she said. “. . . These were invisible victims.”

In 2006, Danielle began obtaining complaints. Right away she documented 54 cases of sexual abuse and even extortion. The state department had only reported 5 cases of sexual abuse for that time period. After her inquiries for copies of those complaints, the state department reluctantly added 20 additional cases of alleged abuse. The state department claims they have invoked stronger policies in placing students with host families and or sponsors such as a criminal background check.

But, as statistics show, most pedophiles and predators have never been convicted of a crime. Some are the pillars of the community concealing their deep dark secrets. Sources we spoke to say some background checks had only consisted of providing 3 references. Complaints from students being raped,sodomized, beaten and robbed are rampant across the United States and have begun escalating over the past 6 years. Stories have echoed back from parents of the children after returning to their homeland questioning if this type of behavior is common in our society.If a student or parent’s complaint makes it up the ladder to overseeing agencies likeAYUSA International, a standard response comes in the form of a “warning letter” to deter any further problems. Reading between the lines, one may decipher this letter as a “shut up”, or youwill be dealt withaccordingly. Up to and including deportation.”We obtained one such warning letter that states to a student complaining of abuse…. “Consequently, the purpose of this letter is to inform you that you are officially on warning with AYUSA and to clarify with you what we expect of you as an AYUSA student. Failure to make an effort to change your behavior/attitude will result in being placed on probation with the AYUSA program.” That letter goes on to say, “…. you were selected for this program because we believe that you have the maturity and capability to deal with the demands of a year in the United States.

AYUSA expects that you will take this warning letter very seriously and will make strides toward changing your attitude and behavior and completing a successful year in the U.S. Weanticipate that you will act, for theremainder of your stay, in a manner befitting anAYUSA student and a junior ambassador of Montenegro. In the end, the studentwas sent home early after posting complaints online of the abuse. To add insult to injury, when a studentis returned home early, these companies refuse to refund the parents money.State & Federal lawsuits against companies s like ASSE, AISE & AYUSA have exposed the reported ongoing problems of abuse and how these companies fail to follow federal statutes that are in place to protect such acts from occurring. But, these types of legal actions can take years to make it into the judicial system. By then, the damageis done, and the student hasreturned back to their country and is trying to deal with the trauma and disgrace we subjected them to. Reports confirm some teens become suicidal; self mutilate themselves, withdrawal from society and even horde food which demonstrates possible starvation tacticshad been used on them to submit to their abuser.More and more arrests and convictions are occurring. In 90% of the cases, the victim knew their assailants. Sadly enough, statistics show that the majority of offenders are the teachers & other school officials who these kids placed all of their trust in!!!

Exchange Students In WV

In November of 2008 we published an expose on former WV teacher & principal Thomas Scott King. His brother, Casey, came forward with overwhelming and shocking information how his older brother had raped and molested him from the age of 7 years old. Last year, Casey went to the WV state police with his complaint. Casey King’s motivation?? To finally face those demons of what his now 60 year old brother had done to him. And, more so, to stop this man who reportedly continues to prey on young teens for his deviant sexual gratification today.

Unfortunately, the WV trooper investigating that complaint retired. To date, no one has resumed the investigation. We have been advised that the new WV Police Commander, Colonel Pack, has spoken to State Police Captain Schoolcraft on or about Tuesday February 10, 2009, and that Schoolcraft and Pack have discussed the filed complaint on Thomas Scott King.

Scott King was considered a hero among students. According to one source, who at the time attended Welch Jr. High, “He was the cool teacher who always bought us booze and took us to WVU ballgames and many school trips.” He went on to say that all of these boys were 13 to 15 at the time and that “we didn’t know what a pedophile was.”

Since that November story, we have continued to investigate and gather information on the fact that, even though Scott King had to resign his teaching credentials years ago for alleged sex abuse, he has remained a member in great standing with the national and local levels of the Foreign Exchange Student Program. He is not just a host dad and sponsor any longer, King is now also a part of a state wide network of pedophiles, some who are prominent and well respected in the community. He has climbed the ladder in this multi-million dollar profit industry and joined the ranks of hosts and sponsors that are better known as a “high placer.”

DanielleGrijalva explained to us the open door possibilities and perks of being a “high placer.” Especially, if the host and sponsor has criminal intent. “There are many volunteers, local coordinators, regional coordinators, directors, etc., within the student exchange community. All are usually responsible for locating and securing host families and high schools for an exchange student.For those volunteers, coordinators, directors, etc., who go ‘above and beyond’ by placing thirty, forty or fifty (plus) exchange students, theyare nicknamed and referred to in this community as a “high placer.” When you consider that the natural parents of these prospective exchange students will spend approx. $8,000 to $22,000 to study abroad as aJ1 participant, a “high placer” becomes very lucrative to the agency they work/volunteer for. Many student exchange agencies are very protective of their “high placers” and stand behindmost every move they make.”According to official records, King has hosted as a parent, supervised or sponsored children from the following countries. Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Holland, Hungry, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey & Yugoslavia.

Next Friday at 2pm…. Hear from Scott King s victims, and learn the names of prominent & respected people in WV who want to come forward because they know of the inner workings of a multi-county pedophile network. Learn what Scott Kings former students & school faculty members really thought of him.

Read how one former student allegedly recalls waking up naked in a bedroom located in Scott Kings home and having to flee into the night and seek refuge at a neighbors home. Another student from Welch, reportedly was provided alcohol by King and awoke in a motel to find himself naked while King was standing over him taking pictures…

End Of Part One…..

Jack Swint-Publisher
West Virginia News

Anyone who has questions or information concerning abuse within the Foreign Exchange Student Program is asked to e-mail or call : … Danielle Grijalva … 295-0716

Original story on Thomas Scott King
Example of websites that allow you to match & pick your choice of child: Aspect Foundation /
Foreign Exchange Organizations With The Highest Complaints & Lawsuits


Anonymous said…
I would really like the Department of Education and the police in Fayette, McDowell and Kanawah counties to provide an answer as to why this man was not brought up on any formal charges related to his involvement with his students, both US and international. Can anyone get away with attempted rape or do they have to be an educator to do that? This man lives and works in Charleston today. Where are all the social activists in Charleston? These are children being raped and they’re sitting on their hands?
Anonymous said…
This sounds a lot like the same type cover up thatoccured with Catholic priests and young boys. It sounds like the government & school system is trying to keep this hidden from the public.If all this is true, and it sounds like it is, pedophiles have found a new playground.
Anonymous said…
If the State Police wont investigate the complaint filed by Casey King against his older brother for alleged rape, then maybe the Department Of Justice can. It appears state agencies (like the board of education) doesn’t want this scandal exposed or justice for kids!
Anonymous said…
Kinda makes you wonder how many pedophiles are in administration at the Department of Education in West Virginia. There must be some reason why they don’t want justice for the children. I wonder what the official response was?
Counselor said…
Thomas Scott Kingwas named as principal at Matewan High School in 1989-1990 school year. I was on to him the second week. As a counselor I knew he was an evil man. He always had a foreign exchange student in his home. He constantly had groups of boys in his home. His son was asophmore when he came to Matewan.I was always concerned about his son. I hope and pray he pays for the damages he has done to all the innocent boys. I hope he is hung by the balls.
Anonymous said…
What is the westvirginia authorities waiting on???? Investigate Scott King. Investigate the Pedophile problems. Get off their ass and look into this information.There is to much here not to be true!!
Anonymous said…
Child Focus, or the European Center for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children, was founded in 1998 by Daniel Cardon de Lichtbuer and headed by this person ever since. In 2005, de Lichtbuer became chairman of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), headquartered in Washington and founded in 1999. Who is this Lichtbuer? First of all, he is quite big in the financial world, with former positions in Banque Bruxelles Lambert, the Belgian Bankers’ Association, VP Bank Liechtenstein (with Nikolaus von Liechtenstein), Thomas Cook Traveller Cheques and the European Financial Marketing Association. He also has been executive president of the aristocratic Europa Nostra. But things become really problematic upon reading that de Lichtbuer is a member of the honorary committee of Cercle de Lorraine, together with with Maurice Lippens and Etienne Davignon. Equally worrying is his position as honorary executive president of the Koninklijke Vereniging der Historische Woonsteden en Tuinen van België, together with prince Alexander de Merode (former chair) and Count Ghislain d’Ursel. Davignon used to be a board member too. There’s another indication that de Lichtbuer might not be the best choice for an anti- child abuse organization: 1998, Stef Janssens, ‘The names from the cover up’, p. 33: “In 1989, [Nicolas] de Kerchove d’Ousselghem [CEPIC; chef de cabinet of Vanden Boeynants; contact of VdB to the PIO intelligence organization] and Paul Vankerkhoven, CEPIC member and co-founder of Cercle des Nations [among many other things]… were employees of the magazine ‘Revue Belge’. This right-wing magazine had as manager the present director of the Center for Missing Children and former BBL-director Daniel Cardon de Lichtbuer. What in itself is not reprehensible, but does say something about the milieu in which the present director of this Center was involved with.” To clarify, that milieu appears to be the highest level child abuse milieu …

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