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Woman Jailed For Sexual Assault With Fake Penis (Photos)

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A British woman has been sentenced to prison for pretending to be a man and tricking her female friend into having sex with her.

Gayle Newland, 27, was found guilty of sexually penetrating her friend with a fake penis, which the friend thought was a real penis.

Newland was originally convicted in September 2015 for the same crime and sentenced to eight years, but was freed on appeal in late 2016, reports The Guardian.

In a retrial in June, a jury found her guilty of three counts of sexual assault by penetration.

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Newland, a creative writing graduate, adopted a male online persona called Kye Fortune in 2011, which she used to seduce her friend, who was a fellow student at the University of Chester.

She somehow persuaded the friend to wear a blindfold whenever they were together. According to what the jury was told, the friend wore the blindfold for at least 100 hours total, while the couple went on drives, sunbathed, "watched" movies, and had sex.

The friend insisted that she would not have consented to having sex with "Kye" had she realized that he was actually a woman wearing a fake penis.

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Newland's lawyer, Nigel Powers, said his client sought professional help following her first trial, to deal with "significant and long-term difficulties" with both her sexuality and her sex.

A psychiatrist subsequently diagnosed her with gender dysphoria. She was also diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, eating disorders, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression.

"I was pretending to be a boy for a variety of reasons," Nyland told the court. "All my best friends were boys at primary school, then I went to an all-girls school and was out of my comfort zone. I knew I was attracted to girls, but didn’t realize what it meant. I didn’t know any gay people. You’d use the world lesbian for name-calling."

During sentencing, Judge David Stockdale agreed that she suffered from "significant psychiatric and psychological disorders" which mitigated her crimes, but contended that it did not justify her deeds.

He told her: "This was a deceit of such subtlety and cunning in its planning and was a deceit, from your point of view, so successful in its execution that an outsider unaware of the full history of the case might find it difficult to comprehend. But truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction. The truth, the whole truth, here is as surprising as it is profoundly disturbing."

Gareth Yates from Cheshire police described the crime:

The investigation was highly unusual and complex, garnering a lot of interest due to the extraordinary circumstances, but it is important to remember that there is a victim at the heart of all of this. It is unfortunate the victim had to go through another trial, but today’s result again reinforces the gravity of this crime. This was a highly elaborate deception where Newland abused the trust that the victim had in her. She has been extremely upset by what happened and there is no doubt that there will be a lasting psychological impact on her. The victim bravely took to the stand again for a second time and I would like to thank her for her continued cooperation throughout the investigation.

Newland's case recalls that of Teena Brandon, an American woman who posed as a man named Brandon Teena, and whose girlfriend had sex with her without realizing that Brandon's penis was fake.

Brandon's story was the subject of the Hollywood movie "Boys Don't Cry," which won Hilary Swank an Academy Award for her portrayal of Brandon, who was raped and murdered by two friends intent on exposing her true identity, as The New York Times reported at the time.

Sources: The Guardian (2), The New York Times / Photo credit: Pixabay, Andy Kelvin/PA via The Guardian, Daily Mail/Rex/Shutterstock via The Guardian

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