Little Ted’s nursery worker Vanessa George charged with child abuse

June 11, 2009

Dozens of parents are waiting to discover whether their children were among those allegedly assaulted by a nursery worker charged with sexual abuse of those in her care.

Vanessa George, a mother of two, will appear in court today charged with seven offences, including two of sexual assault by penetration and two of sexual assault by touching. She was also charged with making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Mrs George, 39, was arrested on Monday night after indecent images of children taken at Little Teds Day Nursery in Plymouth, were found on a computer disc seized by police from a suspected paedophile in Manchester.

Police said yesterday that the photographs included pictures of childrens torsos taken on a camera phone at the nursery, where Mrs George is believed to have worked for the past two years.

So far, none of the children has been identified, and the officer leading the investigation said that some of them might never be. Parents of the 64 children, aged between 2 and 5, have been asked to complete a questionnaire and list any features that could help to identify individual children from the images.

Computers and other equipment seized during raids on the nursery, in the grounds of Laira Primary School, and on Mrs Georges home are being examined by experts from Devon and Cornwall police.

Chief Superintendent Jim Webster, the police commander for Plymouth, said: It is a disturbing situation. As we go through the painstaking task of identifying who may be concerned, we are focusing on communication with the families we believe are involved.

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