Ex-headteacher caged for child sex offences

Ex-headteacher caged for child sex offences

THE former headteacher of Gomersal Primary School has been jailed for sex offences against two 11-year-old girls.

David Warbrick, 51, asked them to remove their clothes on a webcam after contacting them on Facebook.

The victims, who were targeted in August 2013, lived in Derbyshire and had no links to the school.

Warbrick was suspended from his post last year when the offences came to light and left permanently soon after.

He pleaded guilty at Derby Crown Court last month to two charges of inciting a female under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Warbrick’s actions involved creating a false identity on Facebook to contact the girls.

He told them his camera was not working so they could not see him but he could see them.

Warbrick, formerly of Lightcliffe but now of Lincolnshire, was in court for sentencing on Monday.

He was jailed for 28 months, given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Det Con Russell Slater, of Derbyshire Police, warned youngsters to stay safe online, epecially on social media.

He said: “I would like to remind young people that the age restriction for creating a profile on Facebook is 13 years old.

“I would advise that you do not accept friend requests from people you do not know.

“And I would encourage parents to take an active role in what their child is doing online.”

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said that Warbrick was suspended as soon as the allegations came to light.

He added: “It is important to stress that the offences have no connection whatsoever to David Warbrick’s former school.”

An NSPCC spokesman said: “Warbrick’s sickening abuse is made all the more shocking by the fact he was a teacher.

“This case highlights how predators from all walks of life use the internet to target vulnerable children.

“It is vital young people are educated about the dangers of social media, and the police have the resources to tackle this growing crime.”

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