A former British nursery worker who abused numerous helpless babies and children in her care was just granted parole after it was determined she was no longer a significant risk to children.
Vanessa George, 49, of Plymouth, England was found guilty of child abuse in 2009 after photographs of her abusing children were found on her phone, according to the BBC. She shared the abuse footage she shot at Little Ted’s Nursery with others over the internet. She admitted to seven sexual assaults and six counts of making and distributing indecent pictures of children, the BBC reported in 2010. Colin Blanchard, with whom George shared the images, was sentenced to nine years of prison in 2011. He and George allegedly shared fantasies about abducting and murdering a child, the Telegraph reports. He, in turn, forwarded those pictures to Angela Allen, who was given five years for her part.
George was sentenced to a minimum of seven years and earlier this month a parole board decided she’s served enough time.
A parole board spokesman told the BBC the body debates whether or not an inmate presents "significant risk to the public after release".
"This is done with great care and public safety is the number one priority," he said.
George is scheduled to be released in September.
The Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board concluded after a review of the situation that a lack of staff supervision was part of what allowed George’s abuse to go on at Little Ted's Nurserym thus providing “an ideal environment within which George could abuse," according to the BBC. The private-run nursery is now closed.
At least one British politician is calling for a review of the parole decision. Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard said the decision to release the former nursery worker needs to be "urgently reviewed" and that her crimes "cannot be forgotten.”
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