Transgender woman jailed for child sex abuse committed when she was a man
A transgender woman has been sentenced to a total of 12 years for sex abuse against two very young children committed when she was a man called Paul Long
Pauline Long, 60, of Overton Road in Cheltenham appeared in court to be sentenced for crimes including showing extreme pornographic images to a young child and inappropriately touching an underage child.
The court heard how, before the sex change, the defendant had forced one young child to touch her inappropriately and made a child look at extreme pornographic images with her.
Long was also charged with producing an indecent image of a child.
Giles Nelson, prosecuting, said both of Long’s victims, who were aged under 10 at the time, had “suffered terribly” as a result of her actions, leaving them with trust issues and low self-esteem.
During sentencing, Judge Martin Picton said Long’s victims had been left deeply scarred by their experiences, telling her: “The harm that you have caused is outwith the norm, even for offences of this type.
He said that the fact of Long’s gender reassignment “does not begin to explain why you behaved as you did.”
“You have not demonstrated a shred of remorse and remain in denial,” the judge added.
“Their bravery in coming forward was humbling and I really hope the outcome encourages more victims to have enough confidence in the criminal justice system to report such crimes.
“Long terrorised these children for her own sexual gratification. She was a bully and a monster to them and it’s good that she’s now behind bars where she can’t cause any further harm.”