Transgender sex offender, 41, jailed for pretending to be a teenage boy to groom 12-year-old girl
The accused, identified as Jacinta Brooks, who was known as Duncan Smart but now lives as a woman, reportedly sent multiple explicit messages to the schoolgirl.
A 41-year-old transgender sex offender has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after she pretended to be a teenage boy in an attempt to groom a 12-year-old girl, according to reports.
The accused, identified as Jacinta Brooks, who was known as Duncan Smart but now lives as a woman, reportedly sent multiple explicit messages to the schoolgirl, in some of which she asked the young girl to send indecent images of herself, the Daily Mail reported.
Southampton Crown Court on Monday heard that it was the third time Brooks had been accused of targeting children, and in one instance she had sexual intercourse with a girl under 16-year-old and abused another minor. Brooks had previously served nearly 13 years behind bars for sexually assaulting the 16-year-old.
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Mother of Brook's latest victim, gave an impactful statement in the court, saying that it "will haunt me forever" that she could not protect her daughter from "this pathetic excuse of a person."
Judge Nicholas Rowland, during the hearing, said that Brooks was a "danger to children" after hearing the child's account where she suffered from such trauma that she was forced to leave her school, according to reports.
Police officers reportedly caught the abuser after they discovered the messages exchanged between the duo while they were investigating a separate sexual harassment allegation.
Prosecutor Berenice Mulvanny said that although Brooks had deleted the messages she had sent to the little girl, she, however, had kept screenshots of their conversation. Shortly after the officers discovered the screenshots, they eventually unearthed more messages exchanged by the predator and the victim.
Authorities reportedly also found sexually explicit images and hundreds of indecent images of other children. The prosecutor, while addressing the court on Monday, said that Brooks, answered "no comment" during a police interview, however, she admitted that she "couldn't argue" that she was attracted to children, according to reports.
"Brooks knew the girl was underage but sent her sexual messages," the prosecutor said. "The defendant originally pretended to be a 14-year-old boy but soon admitted her real age."
Reports state that Brooks, of Winchester, Hampshire, admitted to at least three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three of possessing indecent images. These offenses reportedly occurred between January 1 and January 31 earlier this year.