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Paedophile nursery worker released from prison

Paedophile nursery worker released from prison

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:04am 18th September 2019. (Updated at 3:22pm 18th September 2019)

A paedophile nursery worker who abused toddlers in her care in Plymouth is out of prison.

49-year-old Vanessa George is banned from both Devon and Cornwall.

She was jailed indefinitely in 2009 but it is understood that she has been released after only serving 10 years of her sentence.

George was told to serve a minimum of seven years after taking photographs on her phone of her abusing toddlers at a nursery in Plymouth.

Last week, it was revealed the mother of two was expected to be released from prison shortly after the parole board concluded she no longer poses a "significant risk to the public".

She will be subjected to "strict licence conditions" and an "unusually large exclusion zone", including not being allowed to return to the West Country.

In an open letter to the people of Plymouth, chief probation officer Sonia Crozier said: 

"I share the disgust at the crimes committed by Vanessa George and I understand why the prospect of her release is so worrying to so many people, particularly in Plymouth where memories of her abuse are still vivid and frightening.

"The fact she so callously exploited a position of trust to commit these crimes makes them all the more horrifying.

"She will also never be allowed to work with children again and will be on the sex offenders' register for the rest of her life."

She added: "She is subject to a number of conditions, including not to have unsupervised contact with any children whatsoever.

"If she breaches any of these conditions or if her probation officer thinks there is an increasing chance she might re-offend - she can be immediately recalled to prison."

Chief probation officer, Sonia Crozier

She also said 21 families had taken up the offer of support following George's crimes.

Following the decision to release George, a local MP said it was a "kick in the teeth" to the victims and wrote to the justice secretary calling for an "urgent review".

Although she named some victims, George - who referred to herself as "paedo whore mum" - was accused of deliberately hiding information that would properly pinpoint those in the pictures she took.

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

Staff at the nursery George worked at said they felt "betrayed" by her actions and one said that "a lifetime of childcare had been ruined by Vanessa's actions".

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