Vanessa George – Nursery School worker – Suspected of distributing Child Pornography

Vanessa George, 39, who lives in Plymouth with her husband and two teenage daughters, was detained at home at dawn on suspicion of distributing indecent images of children.

The privately run Little Ted’s child care centre in Plymouth, where she worked for the past three years, was closed as police carried out searches.

Officers are investigating whether Mrs George took photographs of any of the children at the nursery and are trying to identify a number of youngsters in the images.

Police sources said yesterday that the pornographic pictures were “at the top end of the scale”.

One parent said it was her “worst nightmare” and said she had contacted Ofsted two months ago after her child came home from nursery in a distressed state – but did not hear back.

Faye Goodman, 23, mother of two-year-old son Ronnie, said: “A couple of times after nursery he was shaking and said he didn’t like a particular member of staff. He said ‘I don’t like her, I don’t like her’.

“I tried to get him to explain but he is only two and he can’t express himself completely. I didn’t know what to do so I contacted Ofsted about the situation but I never heard back.

“It is disgusting. It is every parent’s worst nightmare.”

It is not Ofsted’s duty to investigate allegations, however officials there admit they would be expected to pass the letter on to detectives or contact the complainant and ask her to contact her local police station.

Devon police sources said they had not received any complaints about Mrs George in the past few months, and had acted on intelligence following a raid on the home of Colin Blanchard, 38, in Manchester.

It is believed that detectives found a disk allegedly linked to Mrs George, which was passed to police in Devon on Monday night.

It is suspected that Mrs George may have sent the images on a disk to Mr Blanchard, who emailed them to others.

Chf Supt Jim Webster, of Devon and Cornwall police, said: “We are taking the matter very seriously.

“It is difficult to identify exactly who is in the images at this stage.

“The starting point of the investigation was internet based. In an investigation of this nature there is often a chain of communication and passing on of images.

“We received information yesterday about the receipt of indecent images and searches are still on going. There is naturally great concern in the community. We will make sure parents and the wider community are kept informed.”

The nursery school, which has nine staff and 64 pupils aged from two to eleven, is located within the grounds of Laira Green Primary School which has 284 pupils.

Parents dropping children at the day care unit and school were given letters from senior police explaining a staff member has been arrested yesterday.

Chrissy Goodwin, who has two children aged 10 and six at the school, said it was “disturbing”.

The unit is managed by a board of trustees and is a not for profit enterprise and serves the Laira area of Plymouth.

It was visited by Ofsted inspectors in 2007 who said: “Protecting children from harm or neglect and helping them stay safe is satisfactory. Children are cared for in a mainly safe and secure environment.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “A 38-year-old Littleborough man has been charged with possessing indecent images.

“Colin Blanchard was charged with possessing and distributing indecent images. He was due before Trafford magistrates court on Tuesday 9 June 2009.

“The charges relate to images recovered from a computer, mobile phones and other items of software.

“Following our investigation information was passed to Devon and Cornwall police who have arrested a 39-year-old woman. For more information speak to Devon and Cornwall police.”

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “Ofsted was unaware of the recent allegations about a member of staff at Little Ted’s Nursery in Plymouth which we understand has led to its immediate closure.

“We have had one recent complaint relating to the nursery. This complaint was not of a level that would require police involvement and did not relate to the content of the allegations made public today “Ofsted is investigating this matter in line with our normal procedures and it would not be appropriate to comment further until the outcomes of that investigation are complete.”

Published in: on June 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shawn A. Hart – Day Care Child Molester Pleads No Contest

A former day care worker at Campbell County Memorial Hospital entered a no contest plea to a charge that he molested a child at the day care.

Shawn A. Hart, 22, entered his plea Thursday to a charge of taking immodest, immoral or indecent liberties with a child. Two other molestation charges were dropped. The children involved were all under the age of 6. A sentencing date has not been set.

Prosecutors say the molestation happened in either June or July of 2006 at the hospital’s day care.

Hospital spokeswoman Karen Clarke said Hart began working at the day care in May 2006 and was fired in December 2006, shortly after the abuse came to light. Clarke said the hospital conducted a criminal background check before hiring Hart.

Hospital CEO Bob Morasko declined comment.

Published in: on May 31, 2009 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  

William E. Huck Sr. – Pleads Guilty to Serial Day Care Child Molesting

The husband of a Ste. Genevieve home-based daycare operator has pleaded guilty to seven sex-related charges, and in doing so admitted to 30 alleged sexual acts involving seven children.

William E. Huck Sr., 62, will be sentenced April 17.

Before the plea hearing Friday, Huck’s attorney, Joseph M. Hadican of St. Louis,and the Ste. Genevieve County Prosecutor Tim Inman agreed that Huck would plead guilty as a predatory sexual offender. As part of that plea, Huck admitted that he committed numerous acts, including all 30 alleged sexual acts involving seven children.

This increased the range of punishment for Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte.

Huck pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory sodomy and five counts of child molestation. The victims involved five boys and two girls, ranging in age from infant to 5 years old. The incidents occurred between 1998 and 2007.

Huck, speaking softly, gave brief details of each of the seven incidents. The statutory sodomy charge alleged deviate sexual intercourse and the child molestation charges alleged touching.

One of Huck’s cases had been set for trial next month in St. Francois County on a change of venue from Ste. Genevieve County.

Huck was arrested in March 2007 and is alleged to have confessed to molesting 40 children over the past three decades.

According to police reports, the abuse happened during times when Huck’s wife was away from the center. Authorities have said Huck’s wife was unaware of the abuse. He used fear to manipulate at least one child, according to police.

Huck, a retired railroad worker, had no previous criminal record.

Inman said that Huck’s wife was cooperative in the investigation and was not charged.

Published in: on February 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm  Comments (1)  

Michael J. Lundblad – Basement Dwelling – INTERNET PREDATOR

A 25-year-old man who tried to solicit sex from boys on the Internet and downloaded child pornography while living in the basement of his mother’s home in Maplewood pleaded guilty Monday.

Michael J. Lundblad, 25, originally was charged in Ramsey County District Court with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to four of those counts. Six others will be dismissed when he is sentenced Feb. 5 by District Judge Rosanne Nathanson. The plea agreement calls for him to serve 120 days in jail and register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Although Lundblad’s mother ran a licensed day care out of her home, there were no allegations that Lundblad had inappropriate contact with any of the children. The day care was shut down when police began investigating the case.

According to the criminal complaint, an investigator with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children task force received information in July 2007 from America Online that a user identified as “cuteboytyler15” had tried to solicit sex from boys under 15 on an AOL chatline.

Lundblad’s computer was found at a Pawn America store in Roseville. Investigators found 174 files containing child pornography on the computer and another 600 on CDs and mini-discs found in Lundblad’s drawers, closets and bags.

Michael James Lundblad – Downloaded Child Porn at Day Care

A St. Paul man admitted in court this morning that he downloaded child pornography at the Maplewood home where his mother ran a day care.

Michael James Lundblad, 25, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to four counts of possessing child pornography. He downloaded the images on his computer in April 2007 while he lived with his mother, Wanda Lacktorin.

There were no allegations that Lundblad took pictures of the day care children or otherwise had improper contact with them.

State officials shut the day care at 2225 Arkwright St. when police began investigating the case. Its license remains suspended, according to computer records.

Lundblad was charged with 10 counts of pornography possession. If he remains on good behavior until his sentencing Feb. 5, six of those counts will be dropped.

He faces a sentence of 120 days in jail and will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years, per the plea agreement.

He also will be prohibited from having any contact with minors, or being in a position of authority or trust with them, for the five-year term of his probation.