Convicted child rapist, who now identifies as a woman, had allegedly abused another child over five years
52-year-old Carrie Cooper, formerly known as Gary, is currently in jail at the all-male prison HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire for raping a girl in 2012
A prisoner who had been convicted of raping a young girl has now been accused of raping another young girl over a period of five years. 52-year-old Carrie Cooper, formerly known as Gary, is currently in jail at the all-male prison HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire for raping a child in 2012. Cooper, who now identifies as a woman, is on trial again for sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl for five years.
The St. Albans Crown Court heard on September 3 that Cooper had told the victim that the sexual abuse was "their secret" while she would repeatedly assault the horrified child. Prosecutor Wayne Cleaver said on the opening day of the trial: "Cooper allegedly began with sexual assault and progressed to assault by penetration. It was repeated, it was regular, and it was unwanted."
Around the time that the alleged offenses occurred, the jury heard that Cooper had been between the age of 41 and 46. The court had been told that the victim, whose name shall stay anonymous for legal reasons, first remembered the alleged abuse taking place when she was seven years old, reported the Daily Mail.
Cleaver said: "The defendant entered her bedroom, and proceeded to undo her clothing, and touched what she described to the police as her private area. That was as unexpected as it was uninvited. The nature of the defendant's sexual interest in [the complainant] escalated, and escalated fairly rapidly." The jury heard that Cooper would sometimes "indicate an inclination to go further".
The prosecutor continued: "The prosecution say that these sorts of comments show a clear desire to achieve maximum sexual gratification." The court also heard that the alleged victim had contacted the authorities in June 2016 after she told a friend about the abuse who then convinced her to tell her mother about it.
Cleaver said: "These incidents of sexual abuse remained undetected and unreported for several years. What the prosecution say is the defendant actively discouraged her from revealing what was happening by insisting it was their secret."
The court then heard that Cooper had been jailed in 2012 for 14 years and 4 months at the Winchester Crown Court for sexually assaulting a girl who was under the age of 14. Cleaver said: "It is no coincidence, say the prosecution, that it occurred during 2011."
Cooper has since denied one count of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, and 10 counts of assault of a child under the age of 13 by penetration. The trial is being presided over by Mark Ockelton and is expected to continue till the end of the week.