Ex-head admits online child sex offences

A FORMER primary school headteacher has admitted sex offences against two 11-year-old-girls.

David Warbrick, 51, was suspended from his post at Gomersal Primary School after his arrest last year.

He made contact with the girls on Facebook and asked them to take their clothes off.

The victims, from Derbyshire, were encouraged to do so through webcam chats.

Their parents discovered what Lhad happened and alerted the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Warbrick, of Lightcliffe, near Halifax, was arrested after police were brought in to investigate.

At Derby Crown Court on Tuesday he admitted two offences of encouraging the girls to engage in online sexual activity.

Warbrick, who did not return to Gomersal Primary, is due to be sentenced next month.

Parents were said to have known Warbrick had left the Oxford Road school but not why until now.

Some expressed concern about that when interviewed for a TV news report on Wednesday.

Chairman of Governors Karen Walker sent a letter to parents dated Tuesday May 18 explaining the reasons.

It said: “I would like to reassure you that the charges relating to Mr Warbrick have no connection with any of our current or former pupils. Nor do they have any connection whatsoever with the school.

“I can confirm that Mr Warbrick was suspended from his post as soon as these allegations came to light.

“He did not return to the school prior to leaving his post permanently in 2015.

“Clearly this news will be upsetting for many people.

“However, as I am sure you understand, we had to take advice from the relevant authorities and due to ongoing legal proceedings, it has not been appropriate for us to disclose information relating to Mr Warbrick.”

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