Transgender prisoner who molested female inmates at women's jail now locked up with Britain's most dangerous men

Karen White will not be eligible for parole until serving a minimum of nine and a half months as she poses a threat to women and children

                            Transgender prisoner who molested female inmates at women's jail now locked up with Britain's most dangerous men

A transgender prisoner, who was initially jailed for assault and gross indecency with a child, has confessed to molesting female prisoners at a women's jail and is now serving time alongside Britain's most dangerous men.

The 52-year-old Karen White, who is still legally a man, was sentenced to jail for life last month after confessing to attacking two women at the HMP New Hall between September and October last year. Karen was born as David Thompson and now identifies as a woman. She also admitted to raping two other women.


As reported by Mirror, the convicted pedophile has been transferred to HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire. The prison has been labeled 'Monster Mansion' as a joke owing to the number of high profile murderers and sex offenders who are there. 

The prison has housed the likes of Charles Bronson who has been called the most violent prisoner in Britain, as well as been home to child killers Ian Huntley and Stuart Hazell and serial killer Harold Shipman. A source shared, "It must be a bit of an eye-opener to go from New Hall to Wakefield, to put it mildly." 

It is reported that White is being allowed to dress as she pleases at Wakefield but is struggling to come up with funds for wigs and makeup. Her new prison life is very different from New Hall where inmates are allowed their own ensuite toilets and showers in cells. They are even allowed to keep chickens.

In contrast, Wakefield is the largest high-security prison in the country and according to sources, White has not adjusted to the change well and seems 'depressed'. In case she chooses to request a transfer, it will be assessed by a special board. Even though she had not gone through gender reassignment surgery, she was kept at HMP New Hall.


White had stabbed a 66-year-old neighbor with a steak knife in Mytholmroyde, West Yorkshire, last year and had accused the victim of sexual approach. She claimed that he "slobbered all over" her in the communal laundry after which she stabbed him. After arriving at New Hall, she started gender re-alignment, wearing a wig, make-up, and fake breasts.

At the prison, she made friends with another female inmate until on September 13 last year, an incident took place. The prosecuting lawyer Christopher Dunn told Leeds Crown Court last month, "The complainant while waiting, felt something hard press against the small of her back. She turned around to see the defendant stood there. She could see the defendant's penis erect and sticking out of the top of her pants, covered by her tights."

The incident was reported to the police which is when another prison assault was brought to light. Another inmate recalled how Karen made "inappropriate comments about blow jobs". White then proceeded to take her hand and put it on the defendants left breast while saying, "Oh look, they are not real ones". 

White confessed to both the offenses and was described as a 'predator' who posed a danger to women and children and was jailed on two counts of rape, two sexual assaults, as well as one offense of wounding. The court was also made aware of how Karen would use her 'transgender persona' to make contact with vulnerable women. 


In order to be eligible for parole, Karen will have to serve out a minimum of nine and a half years. White also has a past history of convictions such as indecent assault, indecent exposure, and also indecency involving children, violence, and dishonesty. Judge Christopher Batty shared, "You are a predator and highly manipulative and in my view, you are a danger. You represent a significant risk of serious harm to children, to women and to the general public."

Dunn shared with the court, "She is allegedly a transgender female. The prosecution says allegedly because there are smatterings of evidence in this case that the defendant's approach to transitioning has been less than committed. The prosecution suggests the reason for the lack of commitment towards transitioning is so the defendant can use a transgender persona to put herself in contact with vulnerable persons she can then abuse."