John Russell Leathwaite

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John Russell Leathwaite, a male transvestite, was convicted at Chester Magistrates Court in July 2019 of committing an act outraging public decency.

Leathwaite, 45, was observed on a riverside bench several times by a male passer by (and three hours later by a police officer) wearing women’s underwear with his penis exposed. He also had a pornographic magazine and half a tub of Vaseline with him.

He initially claimed he had just been “going for a wee” but later admitted he had been masturbating. The defendant apparently had four previous convictions for seven offences but had been out of trouble for a number of years.

While describing the defendant’s actions as “deviant behaviour”, magistrates chose not to impose a custodial sentence for the sake of Leathwaite’s family.

He was issued with a community order to undertake 20 days of rehabilitation activity and abide by a 7pm to 5am curfew every day for 12 weeks. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

See this tag for multiple examples of trans-identified males committing sexual offences involving women’s underwear.

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