Headteacher admits online child sex charges

A former Cleckheaton primary school headteacher has admitted causing two 11-year-old girls to engage in online sexual activity.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 11:33 am
Updated Thursday, 19th May 2016, 12:36 pm
David Warbrick

David Warbrick 51, pleaded guilty to offences against the two victims, who are both from Derbyshire, at Derby Crown Court,

Derbyshire police say David Warbrick, who was suspended as head of Gomersal Primary School after his arrest last year, set up a false account and began chatting to the youngsters.

He then asked them to go on to a webcam and take their tops off, a spokesman said.

But the mother of one of the victims discovered the online web chat conversation and the police were called.

They arrested and charged Warbrick with two counts of causing the underage girls to engage in online sexual activity.

A police spokesman said: “The offences took place in August 2013.

“Mr Warbrick created a false Facebook identity and contact the two girls, who were 11 at the time and were from Ilkeston.

“He began chatting to them on Facebook at first and then invited them to a web chat.

“He told the girls his camera was not working so they were unable to see him but he could see them.

“He then asked them to take their tops off for the camera.”

Warbrick, of St Giles Road, Lightcliffe, will be sentenced next month.

He was head teacher at All Saints Junior and Infants School, in Halifax until 2010.

He was suspended as head of Gomersal Primary School, Cleckheaton, after his arrest in 2015.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “We can confirm that David Warbrick was suspended from his post as soon as these allegations came to light some time ago.

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