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Vice head of Diana's former school guilty of child porn

William Whillock
William Whillock was suspended from the school following his arrest

The vice-principal of Diana, Princess of Wales's former school has admitted possessing indecent photos of children.

William Whillock, 56, of Headcorn Road, Staplehurst, pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing indecent images of children at Maidstone Crown Court.

The court heard the charges related to "six or seven" photos graded at level one, the least serious in a scale of five.

Whillock was released on bail and is due to be sentenced on 21 May.

He pleaded not guilty to a fifth count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

'Community penalties'

Edmund Fowler, prosecuting, said after discussions with the district crown prosecutor it was decided not to proceed with the charge but asked that it be left on file.

Claire Drury, defending, described Whillock as a man of "hitherto good character".

She acknowledged there were aggravating factors in the case, although these were not revealed, but said the starting point for sentencing should be a community punishment.

He was ordered not to apply for any job working with children by Judge Statman.

Asking for a pre-sentence report the judge said: "I'm emphasising that I'm keeping all my sentencing options open in respect of the community penalties that are open to you."

Whillock was suspended from his role as vice principal at The New School in West Heath, near Sevenoaks, Kent, following his arrest in January.

Diana, Princess of Wales, described how she "loved" her time at the establishment which was previously called West Heath Girls' School.

Following Diana's death, the school set up a foundation to help traumatised and underprivileged youngsters.



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