A 35-year old Canadian teacher, Lee David Clayworth, says that his career is potentially in danger due to the comments and posts uploaded online about him by his ex-girlfriend. After Googling himself, he found some extremely disturbing comments about himself; his ex had created profiles saying that he was a pedophile and that he was “involved with his students.”
Clayworth was in Malaysia during 2010, and began dating a woman named Lee Ching Yan. After he broke up with her, she broke into his apartment, stole his laptop, passport, and other personal effects, and posed as him in messages to coworkers and colleagues, stating that he had sexual encounters with a 15-year old.
Clayworth successfully sued Yan for $66,000. This lawsuit, however, did not stop her. Even though Clayworth did appeal to search engines like Google and Bing, they did not take down the profiles or pictures due to their policies relating to court orders in “certain jurisdictions.”
“This stuff is literally killing people,” Clayworth said. “I know what it’s like to be in that corner, and I’m 35 years old. To be in that position as a teenager and to have to walk into your school every day — I mean, it was hard enough for me to go in there as a teacher, nevermind as a student.” Clayworth has attempted to find a job back in British Columbia, but has had no luck as of yet.
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