Britain's most notorious female paedophile is to be released from prison after 'showing remorse' for abusing up to 30 infants in her care.
Former nursery worker Vanessa George, 49, photographed herself abusing dozens of babies and toddlers and sent the sickening images to fellow perverts.
Yesterday her ex-husband Andrew said he was 'staggered' by the Parole Board's decision.
Victims of the predator, who are now secondary school age, were said to be 'horrified'.
One victim attended George's parole hearing to read out a statement describing the trauma they suffered in the hope of preventing her release.
Amid mounting fury, Justice Secretary David Gauke faced calls to urgently review the decision.
For a decade, the parents of infants at Little Ted's Nursery in Plymouth, Devon, have faced the agony of not knowing what happened to their children. George, a mother of two teenage daughters, refused to name which of the 30 babies and toddlers on a police shortlist she attacked. This was despite trial judge Mr Justice Royce pleading with her, saying: 'If I were a parent, I would want to know’.
George was jailed in December 2009 for what the judge said 'plumbed new depths of depravity'.
The 18-stone paedophile was given an indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of seven years, which meant she could be set free only if the Parole Board considered she was no longer a threat to public safety.
Mr Justice Royce told her: 'I cannot emphasize too strongly that this is not a seven-year sentence. It is emphatically not. It is, in effect, a life sentence. Many, and I suspect everyone so deeply affected by your dreadful deeds, will say that would not be a day too long’.
After the sentencing, one anguished parent lunged towards the dock and threatened to kill George.
The Parole Board released its ruling yesterday, saying that George, who has reverted to her maiden name Vanessa Marks, no longer posed a significant risk.
Her ex-husband Andrew George, who divorced the paedophile after learning of her appalling activities, said he feared she had 'manipulated' board members.
Mr George, 51, said her crimes had left him a 'broken man', adding: 'I am staggered. I just don't know what to say’.
Crime that shocked the nation
The depravity of Vanessa George’s crimes shocked the nation.
George admitted 13 sexual assault charges in October 2009, but the depraved classroom assistant maintained a cruel silence over the names of children she sexually assaulted.
She and her accomplices, Colin Blanchard and Angela Allen, became ‘Facebook friends’ before setting up a three-way communication network through which they exchanged thousands of increasingly explicit messages.
They used mobile phone