Man on In­ter­pol list of 25 most wanted

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ @jamie_lopez1

ASOUTHPORT man who claims to have taught Harry Pot­ter star Daniel Rad­cliffe is on In­ter­pol’s list of the 25 most wanted Bri­tish fugi­tives.

Paul Meekin, 43, is wanted in In­dia on charges of cru­elty to a ju­ve­nile or child, and pub­lish­ing or trans­mit­ting ob­scene ma­te­rial in elec­tronic form.

Orig­i­nally from Southport, he was head­mas­ter at an in­ter­na­tional school in Bengaluru when he was ac­cused of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing a 13-year-old stu­dent.

Po­lice claim he sent lewd mes­sages to a boy over so­cial me­dia.

When he was ar­rested in Jan­uary 2012 he was head­teacher at the £1,000-a-term Trio World School in Ban­ga­lore, an in­ter­na­tional school used by Bri­tish ex­pats.

A war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest af­ter he failed to turn up at court last April.

Meekin, who speaks English, Ara­bic and Korean, then fled to Kuwait, where he got a job at a school teach- ing so­cial stud­ies, ac­cord­ing to the Mir­ror.

Meekin fled there amid claims that he posted lewd com­ments on the pupil’s Face­book page. He was sacked af­ter the boy’s Amer­i­can par­ents com­plained. It later emerged that his qual­i­fi­ca­tions were bo­gus.

In 2011, Meekin re­port­edly told an In­dian news­pa­per: “I taught him (Rad­cliffe) sci­ence. I re­mem­ber him as a very happy kid, sit­ting in one of those mid­dle rows, third from the back.”

It is un­clear if he did teach the ac­tor or not.

Paul Meekin claims to have taught ac­tor Daniel Rad­cliffe

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