Paedophile nursery worker Vanessa George discussed killing a baby with her ‘Svengali’ accomplice while abusing children in her care, a court heard yesterday.The mother of two, 40, was talking online to Colin Blanchard, who was yesterday jailed for persuading a string of middle-aged women he met on Facebook to abuse children for his sexual pleasure.
As the full extent of Blanchard’s depravity was laid bare, a court was told that the pair were part of one of the ‘most sickening paedophile rings this country has ever seen’.
‘Warped and wicked’ Blanchard, a twice-married father of two, had a ‘Svengali-like’ influence over four women including George, who filmed and photographed themselves carrying out their appalling actions.
George, who had already been jailed, has refused to identify her victims to police.
The Honourable Mr Justice Royce told Blanchard yesterday: ‘It is beyond the ken of decent people how any of you could stoop so disgustingly low as you did.’
He described Blanchard’s emails and text messages to George as ‘deeply disturbing’,
The judge cited one example in which ‘you [Blanchard] discuss with Vanessa George raping a baby until it dies’.
Blanchard, 40, was said by the judge to be the ‘hub of this paedophile wheel’ which had caused ‘widespread revulsion and disbelief’.
In 2002 he was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
His most recent crimes were discovered when his occasional business partner used his computer. Blanchard had forgotten to log out of his personal email account.
On opening some of the emails, Noman Ahmed found graphic and disturbing images of children, and immediately alerted police.
George, who abused children at Little Ted’s nursery in Plymouth.
They also found
Allen, 40, a former prostitute,
and Dawber, a 44-year-old grandmother and care worker.
|care worker Tracy Dawber|
George, Allen and Lyons all pleaded guilty to a string of charges of sexual assault and making and possessing child pornography.
Dawber, from Southport, Merseyside, was found guilty of sexual assault charges in October after a re-trial.
Blanchard, of Rochdale, pleaded guilty to taking indecent photographs of children, distribution of an indecent image and sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.
He had previously admitted 19 other sex abuse charges. Greville Davis, mitigating for Blanchard, said his client had been sexually abused and raped as a child and bore ‘psychiatric scars’.
Stephen Smyth, representing Lyons, described his client as ‘a dim woman’.
Dawber was jailed for four years for sexually abusing a five-month-old child while Blanchard took pictures.
Lyons, of Portsmouth, who gave birth to her youngest child while in custody, was given a seven-year sentence, four of which she will spend in prison and three on licence.
Each was disqualified from working with children for life.more