The husband of a female nursery worker charged with sexually assaulting children last night said he was shocked by the allegations.
Vanessa George (39), who worked at the Little Teds nursery in Plymouth, was remanded in custody yesterday morning amid angry scenes in the citys magistrates court.
George, of Douglass Road, Plymouth, faces two counts of sexually assaulting a girl under 13 by penetration, one count of sexually assaulting a boy under 13 by touching and one count of sexually assaulting a girl under 13.
She also faces three separate counts of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Detectives believe some of the images could have been taken in the nursery.
Georges husband, Andrew George, last night said: Myself, my two children and family have been shocked by the information and events of the past three days.
We remain strong as a family and will now await the case to go through the judicial system.
We have two young children and my paramount concern is to lessen the impact these events have on them.
Security was heightened at court yesterday morning ahead of reports of a planned protest outside the building.
Twenty uniformed police officers were dispatched outside the court in St Andrews Street and barriers were placed around the vehicle entrance and exit at the rear of the courthouse.
Inside the court George, wearing a white T-shirt and black trousers, appeared before a packed public gallery as she emerged from the steps below the dock. She remained motionless as she was jeered and hissed at by the 30 to 40 men and women behind her.