Paedophile's husband in abuse identification plea

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The husband of a nursery worker who admitted a string of child sex offences pleaded with her today to identify those she had abused.

Vanessa George, 39, was convicted last week of a string of sexual abuse charges with two accomplices but has yet to tell police who her victims were.

Her husband Andrew, 41, told the News of the World she was "pure evil", adding: "I would plead to her, tell those parents, all those parents who want to know.

"If Vanessa has got any shred of human decency in her she should tell those parents."

Mother-of-two George worked at Little Ted's Nursery in Plymouth at the time of her horrific catalogue of child sex abuse.

Together with her two accomplices - Angela Allen, 39, from Nottingham, and IT dealer Colin Blanchard, 38, from Manchester - she admitted abusing children and recording the acts on mobile phones. They all now await sentence.

Officers are planning to interview George once again - for the sixth time - in a bid to identify the toddlers and babies she abused.

Mr George told the newspaper: "Sadly I do not think she will do anything that's not in her interests."

He said his initially affectionate wife - a childhood sweetheart - became more and more distant at the time of the offences.

"Most days when I came home we'd have a hug and a kiss," he said.

"But then she started to spend more time on the computer and we weren't as close. We were going to bed at different times.

"She just stopped doing anything round the house and there was never anything organised for the girls for school in the morning. And now, looking back, I can see why."

Mr George added: "I just can't believe the woman I used to love, and gave 20-odd years of my life to, has done this.

"I call her the monster now. She's evil. Pure evil. And the kids don't want anything to do with her."

Daughter Pearl, 15, said George was "an OK mum at first".

"She used to take us shopping and buy us sweets and treats after school.

"But we didn't realise how little she was doing by the end and how messy the house was. It was like she wanted to turn away from us and stopped making the effort."

Police revealed they been unable to identify a single child in any of the images found on George, Blanchard and Allen's computers.

On Thursday at Bristol Crown Court, Mr Justice John Royce urged George to co-operate with police in identifying all her victims.

He said many parents still did not know if their child was among the victims - but George "must know".

The judge added: "If I were a parent, I would want to know whether my child was abused or not. Would it not be decent for her to indicate who she has abused? It is a factor that I have got to take into account."

Mr Justice Royce adjourned the case, provisionally scheduling sentencing for November 13.

Yesterday detectives said that an image found among the gang's horde did not show a fourth member of the group.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was a "random" image downloaded from the web, not related to the trio's twisted enterprise.