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Pre-op transsexual jailed over child indecent images

Category: Wales

Published: 30th Apr 2010 16:19:00

A pre-op transsexual has been jailed for 32 months for possessing indecent images of children and showing distressing videos to a girl.

Police found 172 pictures, mainly of girls aged between five and 12, and 18 videos on Elizabeth Rawley's computer.

Rawley, 41, of Rhiwbryfdir, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, formerly known as John, admitted 17 charges of making indecent images at Mold Crown Court.

She also admitted a string of other related offences.

They included one of possessing indecent images, six charges of causing a child to watch a sex act and a single charge of sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The court heard how police were informed by Gwynedd social services that a 12-year-old girl had been shown six inappropriate videos by Rawley, who had also committed a lewd act in front of her.

Victim of abuse

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC told Rawley: "You don't accept any responsibility for your offending behaviour.

"You deny any sexual motivation notwithstanding clear evidence to the contrary. I'm satisfied, had this matter not been brought to the attention of the police, the course of conduct would have escalated in seriousness."

Referring to the young victim of abuse, Judge Hughes added: "She herself had previously been sexually abused and that abuse had been filmed.

"What you did was to add to her distress and the harm which had been caused to her, by causing her to watch a number of moving images."

Rawley's defence team said she was "confused and troubled", and had not received any gender reassignment treatment.

Rawley also has to register as a sex offender.

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