Tanya Howes

Tanya Howes, a male who identifies as a transgender woman, was convicted at Norwich Magistrates Court in May 2023 of three charges of possessing indecent photographs of a child and a separate charge of possessing 100 “grossly offensive” extreme pornographic images and videos.

Howes, 66, admitted possessing 39 of the most serious category A indecent photographs of children (category A images depict rape/sexual abuse of babies and children), 17 category B and 29 category C images.

Magistrates approved a Norfolk Probation Service application for an extension to complete reports, including referring the case to the Transgender Case Board. Howes was given unconditional bail until a sentencing hearing on July 4.

The feminist news service Reduxx has revealed that Howes was previously a prison officer and represented Gays and Lesbians in the Prison Service (GALIPS) at Norwich Pride. Reduxx also identified numerous social media profiles for Howes that have posted highly sexualised content and images. Read more here

Media reports

Eastern Daily Press https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/23498059.norwich-trans-woman-indecent-images-children/ archive

Reduxx https://reduxx.info/uk-trans-identified-man-pleads-guilty-to-possessing-pornographic-images-of-children/ archive

Mumsnet discussion https://www.mumsnet.com/talk/womens_rights/4801037-ex-prison-officer-guilty-of-possession-of-csa-images-referred-to-transgender-case-board