Dominic Risden/Lexi-Rose Crawford

Dominic Risden/Lexi-Rose Crawford, a violent male who identifies as a transgender woman, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court in March 2023, of the rape and sexual assault of a woman in her own home. The offender is expected to receive a custodial sentence at a hearing scheduled for 10 May and serve it in a male prison after recent clarification from the government that trans-identified male prisoners cannot be incarcerated in women’s prisons if they have male genitalia or have committed sex crimes – both of which apply to Risden/ Crawford. In fact, the court also used the ludicrous phrase ‘her penis’ to describe the details of the offences, as have several other courts recently.

The Daily Mail reports that Risden/Crawford, 24, ‘inexplicably spoke with a slight American accent despite not having lived in the US’ and appeared to feign memory loss about the rape and sexual assault. The prosecution barrister is reported as saying ‘Is it just this, Miss Crawford, that you really can’t bring yourself to admit what happened and take full responsibility?’ to which Crawford replied: ‘That’s not the case.’

In 2017, Risden/Crawford, then aged 18, was convicted of two charges of sexual activity with a child, having groomed a young girl aged 15 via the internet and then enticed her to some isolated woods. In common with many men who sexually offend against children, Risden claimed not to know the girl was aged 15 but the court heard that was untrue. Having been jailed for four years for these offences and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life, Risden/Crawford was released in early 2019 and then appears to have started identifying as transgender before going on to commit the subsequent rape and sexual assault in April of that year.

Despite covering Risden/Crawford’s first conviction in 2017 and devoting plenty of space to court reporting every day, the local Bristol paper has – to date – avoided covering this latest serious offending in 2023.

Image credit: Bradley Page via The Daily Mail

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