Police discovered the horrifying case after they were alerted that an email address linked to Vicary and Colmer’s property had accessed indecent images of children as young as 18 months
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A care worker who helped her partner sexually abuse a toddler by luring the child away from its mum has been struck off from the social care register.
Shannon Vicary, 26, from Newport, South Wales, was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Cardiff Crown Court in June after pleading guilty to two counts of arranging a child sexual offence.
The court heard how she had deliberately lured the child from its mum so her then partner, Michael Colmer, 45, could sexually abuse the toddler because Vicary had a “desire to please him”.
Colmer, also from Newport, was called a “truly despicable human being” earlier this year after he was found with images of him abusing the child with the assistance of Vicary on two separate occasions.
On Tuesday, a three-person panel voted to strike Vicary’s name immediately from the Social Care Register in a hearing organised by Social Care Wales.
Chairman, Mr Byron Davies, said: “In mitigation we recognised she pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and she was not subject to any previous Social Care Wales detention. We recognised the offences took place outside the workplace.
“However, we found that the aggravating factors are more significant.”
He said the decision was based on a variety of factors including that Vicary had “failed to show insight regarding her conduct”, was serving a custodial sentence, and had damaged public confidence in the sector.
“We have decided it is necessary to impose a removal order to protect members of the public and to protect public confidence in view of the serious nature of the offences.
“As a result of Ms Vicary’s actions she caused serious harm to the child’s mum, and it is as yet unclear what damage has been caused to the child.”
The mum and child, who both have lifelong anonymity, are said to have been left “devastated” by the pair’s crimes.
Vicary worked for Cardiff Homecare Services Ltd between January and October 2020 when Gwent Police wrote to Social Care Wales notifying them of her arrest.
The case was first discovered on October 8 last year, after police received an alert from the National Crime Agency that an email address linked to the property of Vicary and Colmer had been accessing indecent images of children.
Indecent images involving images of children as young as 18 months old were found in Colmer’s possession.
Vicary is currently serving a four and a half year sentence with an extended licence of three years, a sexual harm prevention order was also put in place and she will be permanently registered as a sex offender.