A pedophile was able to nurture, sexually assault and get pregnant a 14-year-old schoolgirl after identifying as a transgender woman.
Tattooed David Orton befriended the young victim and her family and was trusted to be alone with the 25-year-old due to the 25-year-old’s gender status.
But Orton began serving a nine-and-a-half-year jail term today after her parents alerted police in October 2020.
Orton – from Hinckley, Leicestershire – had cared for the victim so thoroughly that she initially refused to believe she was being exploited and sexually abused.
But last June, she told officials about the relationship and revealed she was pregnant with the sex offender’s baby.
Last night, women’s rights activist Caroline Ffiske told MailOnline: “This is the kind of tragedy that gender-sensitive women worry about.
David Orton was able to befriend the victim because the perpetrator identified as a transgender woman
Leicester Crown Court heard Orton used the name “Danielle Rose Gemini” and had sex with the boy after becoming friends with her family
“There’s a risk of lowering limits to ‘be nice’, but sex matters.”
A source familiar with the case said the sex offender used transgender status to get close to the victim.
They added, “Orton used his identification as a woman to get close to his victim.”
MailOnline has been told that Orton has been taken to a men’s prison.
Last Thursday, Leicester Crown Court heard the pedophile used the name “Danielle Rose Gemini” and had sex with the boy after becoming friends with her family.
Caroline Ffiske, pictured left with Maya Forstater and Heather Binning, said this type of case was what gender-sensitive women feared
Orton was arrested when the girl’s parents became concerned about their daughter’s relationship with her alleged girlfriend.
Leicester Police said Orton had denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty after trial of two counts of penetrative sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 15.
The perpetrator was acquitted of four other charges, including two counts of raping a girl aged 13 to 15.
Judge Timothy Spencer KC said: “You are a self-pitying and self-obsessed individual who shows no discernible empathy and not a shred of remorse for your actions.
“These actions destroyed a mother-daughter relationship at a time when they should have been close, devastated the entire family and took away the teenage years of a child who can never be relived.”
The victim cannot be named for legal reasons, but is said to have been at risk.
Orton was identified in court as a man and charged under that sex.
The fear that a predatory man might identify himself as a woman to attack women is often expressed by women’s rights activists.
They believe that biological gender is immutable and women need women-only spaces.
Standing For Women founder Kellie-Jay Keen said: “We know that predatory men will use any tool at their disposal to reach victims.
“It is extraordinarily naïve to think that they will not pretend to be women in order to give them free access to children.
“Protection must never bow to the whims of ideologies, religions or cultural currents.
“When it does that, everyone becomes more vulnerable”
Detective Constable Sarah Le Boutillier of Leicestershire Police said: “Orton used the victim’s vulnerability to her own advantage and nurtured not only the victim but also her parents who believed Orton was a genuine friend.
“Throughout our interviews, Orton refused to accept that there was any wrongdoing and that they were in fact the victim. The claims were unfounded.
“This was a complex and lengthy investigation; The first complaint was made to the police more than two years ago.
“The victim’s parents refused to accept her initial explanations and persisted with her concerns.
“We are pleased that the victim found the courage to finally speak up about what she had been going through and realized that she was a victim and that Orton’s actions were not those of a friend.
“We hope that the verdict and sentence will now help the victim come to terms with what happened and try to put this time behind, and also reassure her parents that they did the right thing by speaking up.
“We want to reassure everyone else who may be in a similar situation to report their concerns as they will be heard and we will help them through the process.
“We know that speaking up isn’t always easy; We have specialized staff who can help you every step of the way and can also put you in touch with agencies who can advise and assist you on your way forward.’
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11482001/Transgender-paedophile-25-identified-woman-groom-14-year-old-girl-got-pregnant.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Transgender pedophile, 25, identified as female for grooming 14-year-old girl and getting her pregnant