Richard / Michaela Hammersley

Richard Michael / Michaela Hammersley, a male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted of 16 charges relating to possession of indecent images of children. Hammersley, 58, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court in 2011 to a three-year community order with supervision and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.

The judge said he had seen photographs of Hammersley’s living circumstances, which he said could almost be those of a seven or eight-year-old girl, and included dolls and “pink, pretty things” and that the defendant was a “highly-intelligent person” with a “deep, naive, childlike and innocent femininity” and was described in court as someone who “now lives as a woman”.

He continued that Hammersley had “never been in my view someone whose attraction to femininity and children has had its root at all in matters of sexual behaviour” and that  he was describing Hammersley’s circumstances to explain why he was not imposing a custodial sentence.

Hammersley said in a police interview that the images were “beautiful” and did not accept they were indecent.

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