TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taiwanese-American man who has been terminated from his position at an after-school children's care center (安親班) in Taipei after news surfaced that he is wanted in the U.S. for sex offenses, has also been added to a blacklist by the Department of Education that prevents him from teaching at cram schools in Taiwan.
On Oct. 25, the Taipei Department of Education on Oct. 25 received information from U.S. authorities that there was a warrant for the arrest and a reward of NT$45 million (US$1.5 million) for the capture of Wesley Lu (盧), 37, a dual citizen Taiwanese-American who was teaching at a children's English cram school in Taipei. On Oct. 26, in accordance with Article 9 Paragraph 6 of the Supplementary Education Act (補習及進修法第9條第6項), which was designed to protect cram school students from sexual assaults by their instructors, the department demanded that the school dismiss Lu from his position as a teacher.
The department also put him on a "list of disqualified personnel" that bars him from teaching at cram schools in Taiwan. The department said that based on the Supplementary Education Act, as long as an applicant has a record of sexual assault or sexual harassment, no matter how long ago the incident occurred or whether they are wanted by the law, they cannot work as a cram school teacher.
Now that Lu is on this blacklist, any childcare center or cram school that hires him will face a fine of between NT$50,000 and NT$250,000. For repeat violations, such cram schools could be forced to shut down or have their license suspended.
Before being fired, Lu, who in recent years has gone by the name "Teacher Adam" (Adam 老師), was working at children's care center Taipei's Xinyi District. To allay fears by many parents over the welfare of their children after Lu's dismissal, the owner the school Mei Tzu-chiang (梅自強), said to the media that during the year he worked at the center he did not exhibit any abnormal behavior, only worked part-time, taught few classes, and no complaints had been filed against him while working for them. Mei says that after he was dismissed, he went into hiding.
Though the owner and management told the media that nothing seemed awry with Lu, several children from the school told reporters that Lu frequently being "tickled" them in his classes.
Accord to the Apple Daily report that broke the news about Lu, he was first charged with sexual assault against minor in 2002 and was convicted of three counts of child molestation in 2004. In 2005, he was found to be in the possession of child pornography and was due to face trial for these charges in 2006, but he fled the U.S. and has been a fugitive in Taiwan since. It is for fleeing this trial that the warrant was placed on him.
He was rated as a Level III, a high-risk offender by the Bellevue, Washington Police Department, meaning that he is highly prone to repeat the crimes for which he was convicted of.
In addition to his U.S. passport, Lu also holds a Taiwanese passport, and as the two countries do not have an extradition agreement, he is unlikely to be deported to the U.S. to face charges.
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