Shaun Pudwell/Michelle Lewin

Shaun Pudwell
Photo via The Sun

Shaun Pudwell/Michelle Lewin/Michelle Saunders, a violent male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court in October 2007 of causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography, three counts of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, three counts of causing a child to watch a sex act and making indecent images of children.

Pudwell/Lewin, then aged 40, was jailed indefinitely for public protection (IPP) after conviction for the sex offences against three schoolgirls; this sentence reflects the level of risk he was judged to pose to women and girls.

Pudwell/Lewin, aged 51, was reportedly transferred from the Category B men’s prison HMP Elmley to the women’s section of HMP Peterborough in September 2018, to await gender reassignment surgery. HMP Peterborough houses both adult women and female young offenders.

Both the Mail and The Sun report female prisoners at the jail as being ‘terrified’ at the move. A source told The Sun: ‘A lot of the women are genuinely terrified of her. Lewin’s a serious sex offender and she’s physically much stronger.

Contemporary news reports indicate Pudwell initially posed as a 12 year old girl to start grooming multiple girls on social media and police forces in Leicestershire, Newcastle and Gwent began investigations and passed information to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. In April 2006 police and CEOP Operations agents arrested Pudwell and seized his computers which were found to contain 2,500 indecent images of children and evidence of correspondence to 150 email addresses which appeared to belong to young girls. 

While imprisoned in HMP Elmley, Pudwell transitioned and married Mark Lewin who himself was jailed for three years in 2015 after trying to take a photograph up a nurse’s skirt at Dorking Hospital and possessing 1,400 indecent images of children.

Other trans-identified males who have been imprisoned indefinitely for public protection are collected under this tag. They include Gary Marie/Marie Dean who broke into women and girls’ bedrooms to masturbate into and steal their underwear and violent rapists Mark Lazarus and Peter Steel.

A list of violent male sex offenders who have transitioned in prison can be viewed via this tag and a list of trans-identified males who have committed violent and/or sex offences against women and girls is available in this post.

Media reports

The Sun https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7281372/transsexual-paedophile-moved-womens-prison/ archive 

UK & Ireland Paedophile Database https://theukdatabase.com/2012/04/08/shaun-pudwell-gillingham/

Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6179341/Outrage-transgender-child-groomer-legally-female-womens-jail.html

Kent Online https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/child-sex-offender-changes-name–a76169/ http://archive.is/OVbBP

The Chronicle https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/jail-pervert-who-prowled-net-1505580 archive 

Mumsnet https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/womens_rights/3368746-Dangerous-sex-offender-transferred-to-womens-prison-Peterborough

Mirror archive https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Cyber+creep+facing+prison%3B+He+posed+as+a+girl.-a0169721830