May 2021

Pervert ex-teacher William Preece, 32, tells schoolgirl ‘love being naughty’ in sick sex chat

A former teacher who had sex chats with underage girls online and had images of child abuse was snared in a police sting.

William Preece had sex chats with four underage girls before messaging an undercover police officer who was posing as a 14-year-old girl

The 32-year-old was handed a three-year community order after pleading guilty to five counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, one count of inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and two counts of making indecent images of children.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register and made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

Prosecutor Catherine Duffy said an undercover police officer was posing as a teenager called ‘JS’ when Preece messaged the profile in August 2018.

She said the profile had been set to the minimum age of 18 and Preece’s first message asked the ‘girl’ her age.

The officer replied saying the girl was 14 and Preece asked: “Like older guys?”

Their conversation continued and Preece asked the ‘girl’ to send him a photo so she sent him a photo of her face.

Later that month, the ‘girl’ messaged him saying: “I am well younger than you”.

He responded saying he used to be a teacher and the conversation turned to birth control before he said: “Think a preggo 14-year-old might be hard to explain haha”.

He also asked her to wear her school uniform to meet him.

Officers attended his home on Novale Way in Wakefield in October that year. He was arrested and taken to a police station. His house was searched and a number of devices were seized, including a tablet and a computer tower.

In his police interview, he said his partner was not as ‘sexual’ as him and when she went to work he felt aroused so he would chat to younger females online.

He claimed he would end the conversation if they were under the age of 16 and meeting up with ‘JS’ was only a fantasy.

He also denied that other conversations with children or indecent images would be found on his devices.

But Ms Duffy said he had sexual conversations with four other young girls, including one in which he suggested having sex with a 15-year-old before she ‘turned legal’.

He told another 15-year-old: “Love being naughty haha. Hope you can keep secrets. Send pics.” He also asked her if she would let him have sex with her.

She said police tried to identify the victims but could not due to the passage of time.

Ms Duffy said police also found indecent images on his devices. Six videos were in the most serious category.

She said he had also visited more than 60 pornorgraphy websites with the word ‘young’ in the URL. Some included the words ‘school fun’ and ‘underage’.

In his second police interview, Preece said he thought he had been talking to females in their late teens and early 20s and he did not know there were any indecent images of children on his devices.

Preece, now of Garlick Street, Brighouse, had no convictions prior to this case.

Preece’s community order includes requirements to complete 25 days of rehabilitation activity, 31 sessions of a sex offender treatment programme and 150 hours of unpaid work.