Nursery child abuser refuses to identify victims

A NURSERY worker jailed for “stomach churning” child abuse is prolonging parents’ ordeals by refusing to identify her victims, a judge said yesterday.

Vanessa George, 39, who worked at Little Ted’s Nursery, in Plymouth, Devon, “plumbed new depths of depravity” by abusing those in her care, Mr Justice John Royce told her.

Although the self-styled “paedo whore mum” has named some victims, George was accused of deliberately hiding information that would properly pinpoint those in the pictures she took.

Sentencing her to an indeterminate sentence at Bristol Crown Court the judge said her trading of abuse images with two other paedophiles was “wicked, cold, calculated, repeated offending which for any decent person defies belief”.

“It would be wrong for the crown to tell parents that their child had been abused if in fact that was not the case,” he said.

“I find it difficult to accept she is genuinely not in a position to provide more information than she has.”

He added: “The photographs of children you were abusing did not show their faces. Many parents would like to have known. Some would prefer not to have known.

“I make it clear that the revelation of names is not a mitigating factor. It is what anyone with a drop of decency would have done at an early stage, certainly if there was genuine remorse.

“Full and detailed revelation later may however reduce to some extent what would otherwise be an aggravating factor.

“A letter was sent to your solicitors in July inviting you to provide the names of those you abused.

“Some information was provided by you in early October but you declined to be interviewed further to provide more precise details. I have now seen that further information and subsequent correspondence.

“The information is not specific. It is said you cannot remember more. That I find very difficult to accept.”

He went on: “Parents have to live with the memory of you coming out with a smile on your face to hand back their child, when you may well have been doing unspeakable things to that child.”

Child protection officers have visited 180 children thought to have had contact with George, who admitted taking up to eight pictures a day while on duty.

The mother-of-two said she was obsessed with IT salesman Colin Blanchard, 39, and wanted to please him with a steady stream of pictures.

A third member of the ring — former prostitute and single mother Angela Allen, 39, from Nottingham — was also given an indefinite sentence.

All admitted a string of sexual assaults and making and distributing indecent images of children.

Blanchard, from Smithy Bridge, near Rochdale, was branded the main instigator by both women, after they all met on a Facebook page.

George will serve a minimum of seven years and Allen five, although both could spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

Blanchard’s sentencing has been adjourned as he may face further charges. The abuse began in September last year and continued until this June.

George, Allen and Blanchard subjected their victims to humiliating sexual abuse, some of it involving plastic golf clubs, sex toys and toothbrushes.

They never actually met in person, recording the abuse on their mobile phones and exchanging the pictures via email to unprotected accounts, including MSN Hotmail.


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