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Clifford Warde jailed for filming sex abuse

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Image caption Clifford Warde had admitted the offences at an earlier hearing

A former foster carer who groomed a teenager over the internet and filmed himself sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl has been jailed for seven years.

Clifford Warde, 50, was caught after the mother of one of his victims intercepted messages he sent to her 14-year-old daughter.

Police then arrested Warde and discovered the videos.

Warde, of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, pled guilty at an earlier hearing.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Judge Lord Boyd told Warde that he had no other option but to send him to prison.

Warde, a prisoner of HMP Barlinnie, admitted the sex offences at the High Court in Glasgow last month. Sentence had been deferred for the court to obtain reports.

The offences took place in Clackmannanshire between November 2014 and March 2016.

At earlier proceedings, prosecutor Mark McGuire told the court the messages sent to the 14-year-old girl were "too graphic" to read in open court.

'Expressed remorse'

Wade, a former foster career, targeted his other victim as she turned 13, when he began texting graphic sexual messages to her.

The court was told that on a number of occasions Warde recorded himself sexually abusing the girl.

The girl later told police she had felt embarrassed about the video recordings being made.

On Wednesday, defence advocate Frances Connor told the court that Warde had expressed remorse for his actions.

Lord Boyd also placed Warde on the Sex Offenders Register.

Following Warde's sentencing, Det Insp Nigel Thacker said: "Warde targeted vulnerable young people and today he is being held accountable for his actions. These types of incidents are thankfully rare.

"Whenever incidents of child abuse are brought to our attention they are investigated fully by specialist officers who are trained to provide dedicated support.

"We hope that for Warde's victims this sentence will bring them some form of closure."

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