Gemma Hicks

Gemma Anne Hicks, a male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted at Caernarfon Crown Court in December 2020 of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child.

Despite the judge describing the offence as “extremely disturbing and troubling” and that the custody threshold had “clearly been crossed”, Hicks was given an 18 month prison sentence, suspended for two years so that rehabilitation to prevent further sexual offending could be prioritised. A ten year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) was also imposed.

Hicks had made a friend request to a decoy Facebook profile posted by a group of paedophile hunters called Catching Online Predators – the profile made it extremely clear it was for a 13 year-old girl. During the online chat with a member of the group posing as the child, Hicks very quickly steered the conversation towards sex and replied “age is just a number”.

The police were informed after the pedophile hunters went to confront Hicks. After refusing to provide police with access to their phone, Hicks’ IP address was provided by Facebook and matched to Hicks’ home address.

Hicks was referred to as a woman throughout local media coverage, although the majority of comments on the paedophile hunter’s facebook post recognise that the offender is male not female; some recognise the injustice of the offence being recorded in female crime statistics despite this type of sex offence against children being overwhelmingly committed by men not women.

Photo via Catching Online Predators

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