Paul Reed

Paul Reed
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Paul Reed, a violent male transvestite, has been convicted of numerous sexual assaults against young girls and women while dressed as a woman.

Most recently, Reed, 57, was charged at Chatham Magistrates Court in July 2018 with sexually assaulting a female tube passenger after two police officers observed him watching female passengers as they left Covent Garden Station in London and followed him believing he was about to commit theft. The allegation is that he then proceeded to put a coat over the woman’s shoulders and sexually assault her. In 2016 Reed appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a train in January 2016 and breaches of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

He has repeatedly (at least 15 times) breached SHPOs and SOPOs and a succession of judges have seemingly gone out of their way to relax conditions imposed on him to protect women and girls and/or failed to jail him. Attendance at a sex offenders’ rehabilitation course appears to have had no effect on his offending and he has often reoffended just weeks after appearing in court. In fact, the only times he hasn’t offended in the past ten years are when he has been in prison.

Due to his short stature and practised use of stereotypical clothing, scent and accessories, his victims typically report thinking he was an elderly woman and not realising he was a man until it was too late. For this reason the terms of his SHPO ban him from approaching unknown women on the street while dressed as a woman.

Despite his indisputable record of predatory sexual offending, his defence lawyers even stated in court that it is “not sexually motivated but simply a lonely man receiving attention from a person in the street” because he “did not feel comfortable around men, who had mocked him about his height, instead seeking solace from women.” Reed dates his transvestism back to the age of 11, a familiar autogynephilia narrative.

Rather than recognise that he alone is responsible for his sexual offending and that he could stop sexually assaulting women and girls, Reed (in common with the majority of abusers) recasts himself as a victim. After appearing in court for the umpteenth time he is quoted as saying “I’m an easy target for the police and for newspapers” and that his “life and work and his family’s lives had been ruined by the court proceedings”, when of course it is his offending that has led to these consequences. Also in common with other sexually abusive men, he fails to register that his offending will have had traumatic effects on his many victims’ lives.

His catalogue of sexual offences against women and girls include:

2007: Convicted of sexual offences committed in 2006, including sexual activity with an underage girl and given his first sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) banning him from wearing women’s clothing.

July 2008: Having spent 138 days in prison after admitting three counts of breaching the  SOPO he was released and sentenced to 36 months community supervision which included attending a sex offenders programme.

August 2008: Just 23 days after being released from jail Reed is arrested in London after attacking a woman in London while dressed in women’s clothing.

October 2008: Avoids jail for breach as Reed said to be attending a sex offenders’ programme. Reed’s SOPO amended to only prohibit him from approaching any female not previously associated with him while posing as a female and while wearing any item of women’s clothing. Sentenced to 80 hours unpaid community work in addition to the three year community order made in July.

Nov 2008: Remanded into custody at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court charged with sexually assaulting three girls aged 14, 16 and a woman aged 20 while dressed in women’s hat, coat and scarf the previous month. Also charged with three counts of breaching the terms of a SOPO banning him from possessing or wearing women’s clothes.

2009: Reed jailed for three years in 2009 for luring a 14-year-old girl into his car. Reed’s SOPO is amended to prohibit him carrying women’s clothing as well as dressing as a woman in order to approach women and girls.

2012 Reed admitted the theft of a woman’s coat from and charity shop and seven breaches of a SOPO.

August 2012: Again, Reed avoided jail and is made subject to a community order for two years. As psychiatrists concluded “the wearing of women’s clothing is ingrained in Reed’s psyche” and  “learned behaviour in order to meet his emotional needs,” Reed’s SOPO was amended to allow him to cross dress as long as he does not cover his face in public – or approach women “not previously associated with him” so that they will know he is a man.

December 2012: Reed pleaded guilty to two breaches of a sexual offences prevention order and was given a nine month prison sentence suspended for two years. He was also given a curfew and fitted with an electronic tag.

July 2016: Reed appears at Westminster Magistrates Court charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a train while dressed as a woman.

July 2018: Reed charged with sexually assaulting a female tube passenger at Chatham Magistrates Court after two police officers observed him watching female passengers as they left Covent Garden Station in London.

Media reports:

Court News


Daily Mail

The Sun

Daily Mirror

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