The woman dubbed Britain’s worst female paedophile after abusing babies and children at the nursery where she worked has been set free from jail, according to the BBC.
Vanessa George was jailed at Bristol Crown Court after abusing scores of kids at a nursery in Plymouth and sharing the disgusting images with other people.
The sickening case shocked the nation in 2009 – but just ten years later and she has now been released on parole – on the condition that she does not return to Devon or Cornwall.
In an open letter ahead of her release Chief Probation Officer Sonia Crozier described George’s crimes as horrifying – and said the Parole Board has imposed an “unusually large” exclusion zone covering all of Devon and Cornwall, according to our sister paper Hull Live.
The Parole Board will a “consider sympathetically any further requests for exclusion zones, to prevent any victim from coming into contact inadvertently with George”.
“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,” the letter adds.
More than 200 families who may have been victims of George’s abuse have been offered support.
Vanessa George, now 49, was jailed for a minimum of seven years in 2009 for disgusting sex crimes against babies and toddlers at a nursery.
She pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault by penetration and two counts of sexual assault by touching. She was also charged with making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
During her sentencing at Bristol Crown Court Mr Justice Royce was keen to stress to parents in attendance – and the media – that while he was passing an indeterminate sentence “it is, in effect, a life sentence”.
Despite this, following oral hearings held on May 21 and July 2 this year, the Parole Board directed the release of Vanessa George following a review.
In her letter, Ms 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. With that in mind, I want to make sure your readers are aware that they can access support if these crimes affected them – and also know the strict licence conditions George will face on release from prison.
“Vanessa George will not be allowed to return to Devon or Cornwall. The Parole Board has imposed an unusually large exclusion zone which reflects the nature of her crimes, and the number of victims and the seriousness with which we’re taking our responsibility to victims and the wider public.
“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 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.
“One of the most tragic elements of this case is that the Police were unable to identify which children were abused. This means hundreds of people were left never knowing if they or their child, sibling, or grandchild were a victim. A victim contact service was offered at the time to more than 200 families who may have been affected, and 21 have chosen to take up that support.
“It would be wrong for us to proactively contact people who may have decided very carefully that the best thing for them is to put this awful experience behind them. But I want to make it absolutely clear to anyone who might have been affected that they can still email DDCVictimContact@justice.gov.uk , to apply to take up that offer of contact now.
“Any parent who wants to receive this service will have a dedicated victim liaison officer who will keep them updated about any new developments in George’s case. This includes being notified once she has been released and whether she is ever recalled to prison for a breach of licence conditions.
“Further, the Parole Board has said that it will consider sympathetically any further requests for exclusion zones, to prevent any victim from coming into contact inadvertently with George.
“If she is ever recalled, they will be given the opportunity to make a statement to the Parole Board about how the crime impacted them and will be able to express their views on her licence conditions. Exceptionally, this will also apply for George’s co-defendants in this case Colin Blanchard and Angela Allen when they become eligible for parole consideration.
“Nothing can take away the pain caused to victims and the fear felt by the community about her release – but I hope that your readers will find some reassurance in the extremely strict safeguards which are in place and the services available to any victim who wants them.”
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