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Child abuser 'wicked' says Bishop

Bishop of Plymouth
The Right Reverend John Ford said children were a "gift beyond price"

The Bishop of Plymouth has said nursery worker Vanessa George is guilty of "unspeakable wickedness".

George, 39, who took and distributed pictures of children being abused at the nursery, now faces jail.

The Right Reverend John Ford said: "The breach of that trust by this person in such a position of responsibility to me is almost unimaginable."

George was convicted with Angela Allen of Nottingham and Colin Blanchard, both also 39, of Rochdale.

Bishop Ford spoke as congregations around the city prayed for the estimated 30 families affected by the abuse at Little Ted's nursery in Laira.

He told BBC News: Those of us that are privileged by the birth of children know that they are the greatest treasure, almost a gift beyond price.

 Vanessa George, Angela Allen and Colin Blanchard
The trio face sentence in November

"Hard-working parents put great effort into their nurture.

"Part of that is to entrust them and put this treasure into the hands of others.

"The breach of that trust by this person in such a position of responsibility to me is almost unimaginable.

"The parents of those abused must be so fundamentally shaken at this unspeakable wickedness."

He said that local churches were supporting parents who wanted a quiet place to talk.

Parents were "trying to make some sense of it in an atmosphere of complete dereliction, all caused by this lack of trust.

"It must be a terrible place to be."

George admitted 13 charges, including sexual abuse of children and making and distributing indecent images of children.

The offences were described by police as child abuse in its most "horrific and devilish form".

The trio had exchanged thousands of e-mail and text messages containing images of abuse.



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