Woman guilty of baby sex assault
The conviction of a woman for sexually assaulting a baby and allowing her boyfriend to take photographs of the abuse yesterday brought an end to "one of the most sickening paedophile rings this country has seen", prosecutors said.
Tracy Dawber (44) yesterday became the fourth woman to be convicted of abuse and pornography offences relating to "evil" paedophile Colin Blanchard's internet child abuse ring.
Dawber, a community care worker, wept as a jury at Winchester Crown Court took just two hours to find her guilty of the assault, and of allowing Blanchard (40) to take pictures of the abuse on his mobile phone.
She let the IT consultant take the photos at her home in Southport, Merseyside, in August 2008 as she assaulted the baby on her sofa.
The pair then took photos of themselves on the same phone taking part in sex acts.
The case had parallels to cases involving other women Blanchard met over the internet, including Vanessa George, who abused young children at a nursery in Devon, and Angela Allen, who also abused children to please Blanchard.
George was obsessed with Blanchard, telling him she was his "paedo whore mum" and sending him eight pictures a week.
Dawber is likely to be sentenced alongside Blanchard and another woman, Tracy Lyons from Portsmouth, who had admitted her part in child abuse with Blanchard.
She was unusual in the group of women because she actually met Blanchard and the pair had a year-long relationship.