Anthony Scales

Anthony Scales, a male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted at Derby Crown Court in July 2020 of possessing over 1500 images depicting child sexual abuse.

Scales, 64, received a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years after three electronic devices revealed 82 category A (the most serious), 145 of category B and 1,381 category C images had been accessed between September 2013 and June 2019. Media reporting indicates the girls being abused in the images were typically aged 8-10 and Scales’ username was ‘I’m a paedophile 123’, and found using search terms such as ‘Lolita’ and ‘pre-teen’.

Scales attempted to blame gender dysphoria for systematically accessing images depicting horrific sexual abuse of children over a period of six years. Other trans-identified male sex offenders who have tried similar tactics are collected under this tag. Gender issues are commonly cited as mitigation for sexual offending by the trans individuals on this site – see countless examples under this tag.

However Judge Nirmal Shant QC refused to accept such a blatant attempt to escape culpability, telling Scales:

“(In my view) your sexual identity was not the cause of you viewing these images. You received sexual gratification viewing them.”

He added “In your pre-sentence report it seems to me you sought to minimise what you have done and you present a worrying scenario to the court.”

Image via Derby Telegraph

Source: This Never Happens

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