Child abuser Lyons is set free

Tracy Lyons
Tracy Lyons

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A FEMALE child abuser jailed for her role in a nursery sex ring has been freed.

Mum-of-nine Tracy Lyons, from Portsmouth, received a four-year jail sentence in January this year.

But it’s been reported that the 41-year-old was let out of Bronzefield Prison in Surrey yesterday because of the time she has spent on remand since her arrest in October 2009.

In all, she has spent two years behind bars.

The ex-nursery volunteer was one of four women, including care worker Tracy Dawber, 44, who sent photos of abused kids to sex ring mastermind Colin Blanchard, 41.

She was held with nursery worker Vanessa George and Angela Allen, both 40, after a colleague of Blanchard saw child porn on his computer.

As reported, Lyons broke down in tears when the police confronted her with a video of her abusing a child. But until she knew they had any evidence she had denied doing anything wrong.

Lyons, formerly of Hewett Road North End, admitted sexually assaulting children and sharing images.

The Prison Service said: ‘Serious sex offenders released from prison are closely supervised by the Probation Service and police. They must adhere to strict controls.’

Former Scotland Yard commander John O’Connor called the decision to free Lyons ‘ludicrous’. He said: ‘Whoever approved this has made a grave error. You have to look at the message you are sending out to offenders.’

Claude Knights, of children’s charity Kidscape, said: ‘This early release is a betrayal of the victims and their families whose suffering will continue for years.’