A British man sought by police in the UK “in connection with the distribution of indecent images of children and the rape of a child” is working in Beijing and may be teaching children as young as 15, according to internet sleuths.
The above link to BBC Crimewatch was posted to Reddit by user gaiushe, who added:
The man worked in an International School in Beijing and is now wanted by British authorities in connection with the distribution of indecent images of children and the rape of a child. He is still possibly lurking in Beijing or elsewhere in China. Due to the limitations of his visa he is unlikely to have traveled abroad. Since Chinese schools don’t perform background checks on foreign teachers the man is likely working for another school at the moment and possibly committing acts of a criminal nature to Chinese children. For the public image of expats in China, and for the sake of potential victims, if you spot this man please alert your local Chinese authorities. Thank you.
Our friends at That’s Beijing managed to contact gaiushe to discuss his claims that Nick Robinson was in China:
Via private message, gaiushe gave the name of the Beijing World Youth Academy, whose Chinese website shows that a teacher with the name of Neil Robinson supposedly supervised a 15-day school trip to Denver, Colorado in the winter vacation of January, 2012.
According to his online CV, Neil Robinson worked at the “Beijing World Youth academy High School as a Business teacher for years 10, 11 and 12.” [sic]. Another online profile adds that Robinson worked as a “pastoral principal” at the school.
Li Meng, the organizer of the winter camp, told That’s Beijing that he is certain that Robinson worked at the school, and that he was indeed scheduled to be a ‘leader’ for the camp but “did not go.”
Afterwards, Li contacted us to retract his statement, saying “the guy left our school a long time ago, several years in fact… the information online [that he was a team leader on the Denver trip] is wrong… many of my colleagues have been asked about this. He is not our employee.”
That’s Beijing reports that the Crimewatch link is being shared on Chinese news sites and by anti-foreign commentators on Weibo. Inevitably much discussion will focus on Robinson’s nationality, rather than the wider, far more worrying story, that a man was employed to work with children without the slightest background check, not even a cursory Google (on Reddit, gaiushe said the Crimewatch story was the first link when he searched for Robinson’s name).
A spokesman for the British Embassy’s Serious Crime unit in Beijing advised that anyone with information about Robinson to immediately contact the Chaoyang district police at 85953400 or Surrey Police in the UK at (00 44) 01483 639 862.
[Via: Reddit, That’s Beijing, Beijing Cream]