Thai College Teacher and Convicted British Sex Offender Dies in Bangkok Hospital
Stephen David Grant a former Mirfield man collapsed on August 25 and died in hospital in Bangkok.
How he managed to land a job at a top private school in Thailand even though a British court had banned him from contact with children is not sitting well with Thai Authorities.
Grant is thought to have got the post at the Assumption Thonburi College were he taught English on the high school level. It is understood he had used the name David Grant, rather than Stephen.
Details of his past only came to light after he died.
Former teaching colleague Ken Glickman, who knew nothing of his past, discovered the sordid background after speaking to Grant’s mother in West Yorkshire. She is now arranging for his body to be flown home.
Mr Glickman said: “He was a phoney, a fraud.
“I had never doubted what he said and saw what an excellent teacher he was, but now know he tricked his way into the school.
“It was only after he died and I had spoken to his family that I realised something wasn’t right and did some checking.
Prior to teaching at Assumption, he was a teacher at Satit Udomsueka Academy in Pattaya, Thailand, also employed under the name of David Grant. He was terminated from Satit for inappropriate behaviour with students. Prior to Satit, Grant worked at a Thai government school in Bangkok and in China before that.
In 2009 that Grant, then aged 31, was jailed for 18 months tricking boys into sending him indecent images of themselves.
RE teacher Grant gave the impression the girl was a fictitious niece of his called Charlotte who needed a boyfriend when, in reality, he was the person at the other end of the line making sexual suggestions.
Pervert Grant admitted his crimes in a confession box and was told by a priest to give himself up.
The case was heard at Leeds Crown Court and Grant admitted eight charges of inciting children to sexual activity while in a position of trust between December 2007 and July 2008.
He was given a 10 year sexual offences prevention order banning him from working with children and put on the sex offenders’ register.
But Grant, on his release from prison, first worked in China and then landed jobs at two Thailand schools.
Mr Glickman said: “He told me had had been suspended from the Satit Academy in Pattaya for using corporal punishment on a boy but after he died the school told me it was for inappropriate behaviour.
“The biggest thing in my life is nurturing and encouraging young children to develop and I am appalled to think he was allowed to work in these schools.”
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