Jailed: Ex-head teacher in Halifax tricked young girls into webcam strips

A paedophile former headteacher in Halifax who contacted young girls on Facebook and tricked them into taking their clothes off on webcams has been jailed.

Thursday, 30th June 2016, 8:02 am
Updated Thursday, 30th June 2016, 9:08 am

David Warbrick, aged 51, formerly of Lightcliffe, was sentenced to 28 months in jail.

He was also hit with a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Warbrick, headteacher at All Saints’ Junior and Infants School in Halifax, until 2010, admitted two accounts of inciting a female under the age of 13 to engage in a sexual act.

He made contact with the girls, from Derbyshire, via Facebook and later invited them to have a webcam chat, where he asked them to take their clothes off.

Detective Constable Russell Slater, who investigated Warbrick’s crimes, said: “Reports to police were made in 2013 when Warbrick contacted two 11 year olds via Facebook.

“He chatted with the girls and built a conversation with them before asking them to chat with him via a webcam.

“The conversation led to him asking them to remove their clothes. It is essential to ensure you are safe when using social media. I would like to remind young people that the age restriction for creating a profile on Facebook is 13 years old.

“I advise that you do not accept friend requests from people you do not know and for parents encourage you to take an active role in understanding what your child is doing online.”

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

“He held a position of respect and authority, working with young children every day, but in private was using 11-year-old girls to satisfy his sexual desires.

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

“If anyone is concerned about a child they can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.”