David Orton, a 25-year-old transgender pedophile from Hinckley, Leicestershire, was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison after being found guilty of grooming, sexually assaulting and impregnating a 14-year-old schoolgirl. After befriending the victim's family and identifying as a transgender woman, Orton was able to gain their trust and access to the young girl.
The victim initially refused to believe she was being exploited or abused but eventually confided in police officers last June about her relationship with Orton and that she was pregnant with the transgender person’s baby.
Women's rights campaigner Caroline Ffiske said: "This is the type of tragedy that gender critical women are worried about. There is a risk that boundaries are lowered in an attempt to 'be kind' but sex matters." A source familiar with the case added that Orton had used his identification as a woman to get close to her victim.
Leicester Crown Court heard that under the name 'Danielle Rose Gemini', Orton had sex with the young girl after befriending her family. Though he denied any wrongdoing, Orton was found guilty on two counts of penetrative sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 15 but acquitted on four other charges including two counts of raping a girl aged 13 to 15.
Standing For Women founder Kellie-Jay Keen noted: "We know that predatory men will use any tool at their disposal to access victims... Safeguarding must not ever bend to the whims of ideology, religions or cultural trends." Detective Constable Sarah Le Boutillier concluded: "Orton used [his] victim's vulnerability for their own gain... We hope the verdict and sentence now helps [the] victim come to terms with what happened."