John/Julie Marshall

John Robert Marshall/Julie Marshall, a male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court in February 2020 of three counts related to the possession of more than 80,000 indecent images of children.

The offences were too serious to be sentenced in the magistrates’ court so the case was referred to Preston Crown Court for sentencing in March 2020.

Marshall had downloaded the images over the 14-year period between June 2004 and April 2018. Police found 677 category A photos (the most serious category depicting rape of a child, and also extends to images that depict a child subjected to pain) 465 category B photos and 79,958 category C photos.

In a gross obfuscation, the media report states throughout, and in the headline, that the offences were committed by a woman and names ‘John Robert Marshall’ as ‘Julie Marshall’s alias’. See also media coverage of the rapist Craig/Lisa Hauxwell that carried a headline asking ‘Have you seen missing woman spotted in Derbyshire dressed as a man?’

Sexual offences such as rape and possession of CSA images are typical of male pattern offending and the inclusion of even very small numbers of sex offences committed by males within female offending statistics will hopelessly distort them. Many more examples of the media attributing offences perpetrated by trans-identified males to women are collected under this tag.

Media reports

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