Alison Whateley, who worked at Bushy Tails Day Nursery and Pre-school in Teddington, south-west London, watched videos of young children being raped – but none of the kids were from the nursery
This is the shameless paedophile nursery manager who bragged about her sexual interest in babies and watched videos of kids being raped.
Alison Whateley, 44, can now be named as the vile nursery boss who was caught holding a video conference meeting with other child abusers on her mobile phone.
The offender was spared jail last week after a lengthy National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation.
A judge today ruled it was in the public interest for the woman to be identified.
He told Guildford Crown Court she worked at Bushy Tails Day Nursery and Pre-school in Teddington, south-west London, but none of her offences involved kids from that nursery.
The establishment today said it was “saddened” to hear of Whateley’s sick acts.
Whateley told other online child porn users that babies were “f******” sexy as she showed the depth of her depravity in recordings and live stream chatroom sessions.
She shared her fantasies of abuse of young children online with online lovers with whom she watched graphic images of child abuse online.
Whateley, of Farnham, Surrey, used her iPhone to access online chatroom Zoom in 2017, where anonymous hosts had played videos of children as young as three years old being raped.
She admitted initiating, encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, namely the distribution of indecent images of children, but was allowed to walk free from court on Thursday.
Sentencing, Judge Peter Moss said: “A psychiatrist found that you gave a less than compelling reason for why you were viewing this material, to be seeking to entrap paedophiles as some sort of paedophile hunter.
“You have accepted that is not correct because of your inactivity in doing something about it.”
The court had heard an undercover officer for the NCA was deployed in the video conference call Whateley held in 2017.
Steven Talbot-Hadley, prosecuting, said: “At the relevant time this defendant worked as a manager at a nursery.
An undercover investigation was underway by the National Crime Agency focused on the online conferencing platform Zoom, which is otherwise legitimate but known to be used by paedophiles for sharing images of child abuse online.
“An undercover officer was deployed in the meeting. It was in this way that this defendant was discovered. What the court is concerned with is the involvement in a Zoom meeting on August 29, 2017. On that occasions the defendant was present for just under an hour under the username XXX.”
The court heard that during this time 40 participants viewed 11 videos showing children as young as three to five being sexually abused and raped.
During this time, Whateley actively participated when she typed into the live chat that “she liked masturbating over boys and girls, the younger the better, and she particularly liked babies, saying they were ‘so f****** sexy’.”
And she asked the other users: “Anybody interested in very tiny children?”
Caroline Moonan, defending, read out a statement by Whateley, which said: “I struggle to explain my actions. One day I accidentally found a chatroom with paedophilic material. I didn’t really have a plan, I did not really know what I was trying to do.”
Ms Moonan said: “When she looks back at her actions now she is disgusted with herself. She simply can’t understand why she behaved in the way she did. She will never work with children again. She was so good at looking after children and so good at protecting children.
Her job became very stressful and she couldn’t sleep. She started using the internet more and more. She saw a chatroom about children and she thought it was something like MumsNet. When she saw went in, she found it was paedophiles talking about abusing children. She couldn’t believe that such a site was allowed to exist.
“She felt compelled to explore the chatrooms to try to explore why people do this. She cannot really explain to this day what she was intending to do.”
A spokesman for the Bushy Tails nursery said: “We recognise the significant impact that events such as this can have on individuals and families. We are saddened by the events and welcome the conclusion of the National Crime Agency’s investigation. We will always be supportive of outcomes which protect and ensure the safety, wellbeing and happiness of all children.
“Since the charge does not relate to our nurseries or the children we care for here, we feel it would be inappropriate to comment further.”