Albert/Claire Caballero

Albert/Claire Caballero, a violent male who identifies as a transgender woman, was convicted in 2019 at the High Court in Edinburgh of abducting, assaulting and raping a lone, young female support worker during a visit to his home.

In 2023, The Daily Record reported that Caballero is now self-identifying as a transgender woman and demanding a transfer to a women’s prison. See also the public outcry over double rapist Adam Graham/Isla Bryson initially being sent to HMP Cornton Vale; serial rapist Jonathon/Charlene Mallon who has been bragging of an imminent move to the female estate; and the Scottish Prison Service’s agreement for the grotesquely violent offender Andrew Burns/Tiffany Scott to transfer to a women’s prison. These four cases all came to light in January 2023 in Scotland, but are currently on hold until an urgent review of all Scottish transgender prison cases concludes.

Caballero, aged 46 at the time of conviction, is reportedly now eligible to apply for parole, having served half of the eight year sentence for the kidnap, assault and rape. He will be subject to a further four years of supervision on release, and is on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely. The female victim was so traumatised that she has since been unable to return to work.

The case sparked a probe by the Health and Safety Investigation Unit of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service which referred the case to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Their investigation revealed that the company employing the victim (The Action Group) had failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk Caballero posed to female employees. The company further failed to identify and implement measures to mitigate these risks when providing support to Caballero at his home – he apparently has learning difficulties and suffers from paranoia, irrational fixations and epilepsy. The investigation also uncovered a history – and recent escalation of – inappropriate behaviour. Reports of this were not recorded despite many of those who worked with him being aware of or experiencing incidents.

The Edinburgh Evening News reported that Alistair Duncan, Head of COPFS’s Health and Safety Investigation Unit, said: “A young woman suffered a serious and traumatic assault and rape while acting in the course of her employment. “The Action Group could have prevented this if they had carried out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk posed to female employees.”

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