December 2009

Allen to serve at least five years

PAEDOPHILE Angela Allen – who exchanged images of child abuse with two people she met on the internet – was today given an indeterminate sentence at Bristol Crown Court.

Allen, 39, from Bulwell, was charged as part of an investigation into Plymouth nursery worker Vanessa George and internet pervert Colin Blanchard.

George, 39, also received an indeterminate sentence. She will have to serve a minimum of seven years, and Allen will have to serve a minimum of five years.

But Mr Justice John Royce warned them they would only be released if they no longer posed a threat.

The judge said: “This case has cause widespread revulsion and incredulity.

“It has rocked the city of Plymouth but the shockwaves extend much further, perhaps to every nursery school in the country.”

Sentencing of co-defendant Colin Blanchard, 38, was today adjourned to a later date.

They had all pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault and making and distributing indecent images.

Earlier today the court was told that both Allen and George claimed the majority of the most explicit pictures were staged.

Blanchard had promised both of them love and attention and a future together, and manipulated them to serve his sexual needs, the court heard.

George previously admitted seven sexual assaults on children and six counts of distributing and making indecent pictures of children.

Blanchard pleaded guilty to 17 child pornography counts and two sexual assaults on children. He also admitted a further charge of possessing extreme pornography.

Allen pleaded guilty to four child sex assaults and one count of distributing an indecent image.

The abuse for which the three were convicted began in September last year – after they apparently met on a social networking site – and carried on until this June.

George, Allen and Blanchard subjected their young victims to humiliating sexual abuse.

They recorded the abuse on their mobile phones and then exchanged the pictures via email – to unprotected accounts including MSN Hotmail – never actually meeting in person.