A two-time convicted rapist who had a $13,000 sex change has been transferred into an all-female prison despite still having his penis intact.
Martin Ponting, 50, became Jessica Winfield after being sentenced to life in prison in 1995, the Daily Mail reported. He was transferred into HMP Bronzefield, Europe's largest female prison, in March.
The father of three was removed from her original all-male prison, HMP Whitemoor, due to reports that she was making inappropriate advances on fellow inmates. She was originally imprisoned for attacking two young girls, The Sun reported.
"It beggars belief why a convicted double rapist like Jessica is allowed to mix with females despite still have her penis intact," a source told The Sun, reports the Daily Mail. "Prison bosses were worried she would try it on with inmates and their fears have come true. Inmates were furious to be lumbered with a convicted rapist in the first place and they're even more angry now."
One of Winfield's victims responded to the news of her attacker's prison transfer.
"There are not enough words to describe him and the evil he has done," she told The Sun. "It is diabolical they have allowed him to have a sex change and diabolical that he could be freed this year.
“He may have changed physically but his brain is still the same.
“You can change somebody’s genitals but it’s not going to take away the urge and impulse inside them to do horrific things to children.
“I feel like it mocks the people he offended against. It is a kick in the teeth for me and his other victim.”
But during a 2007 interview with a prison newspaper, "Inside Time," Winfield insisted she was targeted in jail because of her sexuality.
"I changed my name to that of a female to prove to the authorities and everyone concerned that I am very serious about my gender and that I do not feel right being a man," Winfield told the newspaper at the time. "I feel like a female trapped in a male body."
Prisoners were granted the right to have gender reassignment surgery in 1999 after convicted kidnapper John Pilley and five other inmates launched a legal challenge to have the operation on the NHS. He became the first prisoner to have a sex change.
In 2009, a High Court ruling allowed transgender prisoners to transfer to opposite sex jails. The inmates must first pass rigorous psychological tests and demonstrate they truly want to change their gender, and are not just seeking special treatment.
Winfield is hoping to get out of prison before 2018.
“The best they could do is throw away the key," Winfield’s brother, Nigel, told The Sun. "He is a menace to the public and people need to be warned about him.”