Stuart Bulling

Stuart Bulling, a violent male who identifies as a transgender woman, has repeatedly committed sex offences against young girls, with 11 previous convictions for 57 offences, all of a similar nature, including some for indecent assault and another for sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.

After his latest conviction at Preston Crown Court in March 2023 – five counts of making indecent images of children and nine breaches of his sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) – Bulling, 54, was described as having the utmost contempt for the legal system, his lawyers and probation, when he refused to leave his cell to attend the sentencing hearing in what the judge termed “an attempt to disrupt proceedings.”

The judge told Bulling: “It’s clear that you are significantly high risk and I am satisfied that you present a high risk of re-offending.” He was given an extended sentence made up of three years eight months in prison and three years on extended license, totalling six years eight months. He was also made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offender’s register for life.

Police found that Bulling has three SD cards and various devices linked to the internet which had not been registered or presented to the police when asked. VPNs and cleaning software had been installed in an effort to hide his offending: 125 category A indecent images of children (category A being the most serious where images show penetrative sexual activity, i.e. rape of children/infants, sexual activity with an animal or sadism), 93 category B images, 42,587 category C images, seven extreme pornographic images and one prohibited image were found. Some of the children in the images were as young as three and there were a further 34,000+ files that weren’t examined by the police due to the sheer volume.

In January 2020, the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that Bulling was one of 10 men in the UK convicted of the new upskirting offence under the Voyeurism (Offences) Act, and the first to be jailed. In September 2019, he had been observed on CCTV at Asda in Rawtenstall following young girls around the store and trying to take pictures up their skirts. His phone was then subsequently found to have 497 category A images of child sexual abuse, 25 category B and 380 category C and 18 indecent videos of various categories. Bulling, then 50, was convicted in November 2019 of two counts of voyeurism and three counts of making indecent images of children. He was classed as a ‘dangerous offender’ and jailed for two years at Preston Crown Court with an extended three years on licence. Despite efforts by the defence barrister to cite mental health issues/death of his mother in mitigation, Bulling was given an indefinite SHPO and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years. 

In 2011, Bulling received a mere 18-months in jail for a sexual assault on a young girl in the same Asda store. Previously, Bulling received a six-year sentence in 2003 for indecent assault and indecent images of children and in 2008, a two-year sentence in for more indecent images of children.

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