Concerns after child abuse mum is freed from jail

RELEASED Tracy Lyons was sentenced to four years
RELEASED Tracy Lyons was sentenced to four years
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PAEDOPHILE mum Tracy Lyons’ release from jail after just nine months has sparked concerns that sentences for child abusers are not tough enough.

Children’s charity Kidscape raised concerns about mum-of-nine Lyons, formerly of Hewett Road, North End, Portsmouth, being freed.

The charity fears sentences for paedophiles do not go far enough.

Director Claude Knights said: ‘These are horrendous crimes. For the victim it is ongoing.

‘For them it is a sentence which goes beyond one’s imagination.

‘A big concern is the message this sends out.

‘These sentences, compared to what the victims have suffered, do not reflect the severity of the crime.

‘Sentences are about punishment and hopefully some sort of rehabilitation.

‘It’s also about sending out a big deterrent message. You just have to ask yourself what kind of closure this would give to any victim.’

Lyons, 41, was jailed for four years in January over her role in a paedophile ring masterminded by Colin Blanchard, 41, from Rochdale. She was reportedly released from Bronzefield prison in Surrey on Monday.

Lyons admitted two counts of indecent assault on a child, one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three of distributing indecent photographs of children.

The time spent on remand after her arrest in October 2009 counted towards the term.

Former nursery volunteer Lyons – who was attacked by two fellow inmates at Bronzefield in February – admitted filming herself abusing a two-year-old boy and sending the video and pictures to Blanchard.

Tracy Dawber, 44, of Southport, Merseyside, Plymouth nursery worker Vanessa George, 40, and former prostitute Angela Allen, 40, from Nottingham also sent images of abuse to Blanchard.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said it did not comment on individual cases. She said: ‘Serious sex offenders released from prison are closely supervised by the Probation Service and police.’