A former primary school head teacher who was awarded an MBE for services to education has admitted six child sex offences.

David Watkin Bundock, who was recognised by the Queen in 2004, pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court to four charges of possessing indecent pictures of children.

Four pictures were classified as Category A – the most serious – while two were in Category B and 12 were in Category C.

The 74-year-old  also pleaded guilty to attempting to sexually communicate with a child and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Bundock was headteacher at Llandysul Primary School when he received the MBE for services to education in 2004.

He was also head teacher at a number of other primary schools in Ceredigion including Aberbanc School, Pontsian School, and Capel Dewi School.

His offences are not related to his time as a head teacher and were committed between October 2017 and January this year.

Bundock began teaching in 1965 at Lampeter Primary and enjoyed a 41-year career in schools before moving to work with the education service.

Father-of-two Bundock, of Vellacott Close in Cardiff, was remanded in custody before sentencing on March 21.

A spokesman for Ceredigion council said: “We can confirm that Watkin Bundock was head teacher of primary schools in Ceredigion between 1980 and 2005.

“Following this Mr Bundock moved to work within the education service looking at the reorganisation of the schools infrastructure within Ceredigion from 2005 to 2011.

“There is currently no information to indicate that the charges against Watkin Bundock related to his term of employment in Ceredigion. If that were to emerge the council would cooperate fully with the police in terms of their inquiries.”

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An NSPCC Cymru/Wales spokesman added: “As a former head teacher Bundock held positions of great responsibility over children and would have been aware of the importance of safeguarding.

“He would also have been aware that the children in the indecent images he downloaded were real and suffered horrific abuse for them to be made – it is not a victimless crime.

“The NSPCC is campaigning for more to be done to remove indecent images from the web while we also visit hundreds of primary schools in Wales every year to teach children on how to stay safe from abuse and to seek help when they have concerns.”

At the time he was given his MBE in 2004 Bundock said: “It was an immense surprise to receive the letter stating I was being considered for an award.

“It is an award I accepted and share with all people I have worked with during the past 39 years.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity of teaching in a number of Ceredigion schools and working with a large group of dedicated people – the pupils, staff, governors and officers of the local authority.”

He added: “This reward will remind me, when I retire next year, of the immense pleasure and satisfaction I have had of being part of the education system in Ceredigion.”

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