Katie Dolatowski

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Katie Dolatowski, a violent male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted of voyeurism and sexual assault at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in August 2018. Dolatowski, who was 17 at the time, had attacked two young girls in supermarket toilets in Dumfermline and Kirkcaldy.

In the first incident on 8 February 2018, Dolatowski had been to the toilets with a carer and was walking towards the exit when a young girl walked past. Dolatowski then returned to the toilets alone on a pretext and filmed the 12 year old child by holding a mobile phone over the cubicle partition. The girl shouted and the offender ran out of the adjacent cubicle. The police later viewed in-store CCTV footage and were able to identify Dolatowski and retrieve a 12-second video clip of the girl using the toilet from the defendant’s iPad and phone, followed by footage of Dolatowski running away.

The second incident took place just weeks later on March 4. The court was told a 10-year-old girl had been inside the toilets while her father waited outside. He heard his daughter screaming and she then came running out of the bathroom saying that “a crazy man with long hair was in the bathroom and had grabbed her face and pushed her into a cubicle, before demanding she take her trousers off.” The court heard that when the girl came out of her cubicle, Dolatowski had shoved her back in and told her there was a man outside who would kill her mother. The girl managed to punch Dolatowski in the face, stomach and groin and escape to her father and siblings waiting just outside the toilets. Her mother told the court that the girl was hysterical after the attack and continued to suffer flashbacks.

Police officers attended and found Dolatowski locked inside the cubicle in the female toilets. A male voice was heard coming from inside, saying: “I’ve been silly. I bumped into her. I’ve been silly.”

The Sheriff initially placed Dolatowski on the sex offenders register and deferred sentencing for background reports. Despite posing a “moderate risk” of re-offending, at the sentencing hearing in January 2019 the Sheriff said: “I have come to the conclusion that the public will be better protected by the imposition of a stringent community payback order” and released Dolatowski from Polmont Young Offenders Institution to supported accommodation.

The court heard Dolatowski had been in the social care system since the age of three and had mental health issues. But the mother of the 10 year old girl said: “A lot of people have been in care but they do not go out and assault children. I don’t care that he has issues or what his background is, he is a paedophile and he has been let out on a supervision order.”

See also Mark Lazarus and Joel Hardman – two other trans-identified male sex offenders who have attacked women and girls in female public toilets in the UK.

In the initial coverage of Dolatowski’s conviction, reporting was vague concerning the offender’s trans status referring only to “the teenager” and avoiding pronoun use to obfuscate that the crimes were perpetrated by a male who identified as transgender.

Media reports

The Courier https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/702003/fife-teen-on-sex-offenders-register-after-supermarket-child-attacks/ archive

The Courier https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/819644/mum-of-supermarket-toilet-sex-assault-victim-warns-freed-attacker-could-strike-again/ archive

The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/female-only-spaces-must-be-given-greater-protection-lkfx3w3d6

The Scotsman https://www.scotsman.com/news/female-spaces-need-better-protection-after-trans-woman-sex-assault-on-girl-say-campaigners-1-4868945

Mumsnet https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/womens_rights/3496984-Article-in-Dundee-Courier-about-assault-of-10-year-old-girl-in-supermarket-toilets

Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/ukpolitics/comments/anpwlj/femaleonly_spaces_must_be_given_greater_protection/

Christian Today https://www.christiantoday.com/society/calls-for-female-only-spaces-to-be-given-greater-protection-after-attack-on-girl-in-supermarket-toilet/131684.htm