By MARK DUELL
Nursery paedophile Vanessa George will be released from prison after convincing a parole board that she no longer poses a ‘significant risk’ to children.
Vanessa George, 49, of Plymouth, Devon, was jailed for a minimum of seven years in 2009 after taking 64 pictures of herself harming babies and toddlers at the Little Ted’s nursery.
She was said to have ‘plumbed new depths of depravity’ by abusing children in her care and was refused parole in May 2017 after serving the minimum seven years of her sentence.
But the Parole Board has now said she should be released after a review earlier this month. George has been behind bars at HMP Send near Guildford, Surrey.
George, publicly disowned by her two daughters, was divorced by her husband Andrew while in jail and has reverted to her maiden name, Vanessa Sylvia Marks.
Neither Andrew, 51, nor the girls knew of her secret life, and he fears she will have ‘manipulated’ parole board members and she still poses a risk on the outside.
He said: ‘While she’ll be returned to society, possibly with a new look and identity, I face a life sentence knowing that for me this nightmare will never disappear.
In 2009, the 18-stone classroom assistant admitted 13 sexual assault charges, but maintained a silence over the names of children she assaulted.
Her cohort Angela Allen, who raped a girl of three, has already served the five-year minimum of her sentence imposed at the same time.
George’s cohort Angela Allen (left) raped a girl of three, while the ringleader of the paedophile gang was Colin Blanchard (right) and he will be eligible for parole next year
The ringleader of the paedophile gang, Colin Blanchard, will also be eligible for parole next year after being jailed in 2011 for a minimum of nine years.
George and the two strangers she befriended on Facebook shared a grotesque portfolio of assaults on toddlers captured by George on her mobile phone.
They used mobile phones to film and send images of what a police officer described as ‘child abuse in its most horrific and devilish form’.
Police believe George came into contact with nearly 200 children while working at Little Ted’s.
She used a cubicle to change children’s nappies rather than the general changing area, which allowed her to hide her abuse of victims.
Police believe George came into contact with nearly 200 children while working at Little Ted’s
The offences were uncovered when Blanchard’s IT business partner stumbled across images of child abuse on his colleague’s computer at their firm in Manchester.
A Parole Board spokesman said today: ‘The Parole Board has directed the release of Vanessa George, following a parole review that was concluded in July 2019.
‘Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release.
‘The panel will have carefully looked at a whole range of evidence, including details of the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change.
‘This is done with great care and public safety is the number one priority.’