May 2015

Teaching assistant sexually touched schoolgirl

A former teaching assistant who sexually touched a schoolgirl after messaging her on Facebook has been given a suspended sentence.

Richard Warlow (21), of Middlefield Road, Sawtry, was working as a learning support assistant at Sawtry Community College last year when he started messaging the teenager.

The messages started as friendly notes, but then he started sending sexually inappropriate notes online to her.

They arranged to meet up, and he touched her bottom and kissed her.

The girl reported him to her mum, who contacted police, and he was arrested.

Last week Warlow appeared at Peterborough Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to one charge of offender aged over 18 engaging in no- penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15.

He was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, ordered to take part in a sex offender treatment programme for 90 days and be supervised by the probation service for two years.

A restraining order was put in place for five years banning him from contacting the girl.

Speaking after the case, Sarah Wilson, acting principal at Sawtry Village Academy, formerly known as Sawtry Community College, said: “Mr Warlow worked at Sawtry Community College as a learning support assistant after being appointed in April 2014. All Safer Recruitment Procedures were followed prior to his employment; he also had a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB).

“Mr Warlow was suspended as soon as the allegations were raised with the college’s leadership team in November 2014. We co-operated fully with the police throughout the investigation.

“During his suspension, Mr Warlow resigned from his position with immediate effect and is no longer an employee at the college.”

She added: “We have stringent measures in place to check the suitability of all employees, and quick and decisive investigative procedures in place should any issues arise.

“All members of staff undertake child protection training as part of their induction and ongoing professional development following guidance from Cambridgeshire County Council, and know what is expected of them.”