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Woman Found Guilty In Prosthetic Penis Case

| by Michael Doherty

A woman has been found guilty of sexual assault after she tricked a female friend into having sex with her using a prosthetic penis.

Gayle Newland, 27, penetrated a female friend using a prosthetic penis without her consent, after the woman was blindfolded, reports the Mirror.

Newland was initially sentenced to eight years in prison in 2015, but her conviction was thrown out in an appeals court because the judge's summation of the case was ruled unbalanced. Newland was granted a new trial, where the jury found her guilty.

According to the victim, Newland convinced her to wear a blindfold at all times while they were together, and only realized who she was having sex with when she removed the blindfold.

Newland, a former personal trainer, reportedly pretended to be a half-Filipino, half-Latino man named Kye Fortune, using an American man's photos on Facebook, a persona that she began using when she was 15, according to the Daily Mail.

Newland said that the woman always knew that she wasn't really Fortune, and that the woman had not worn a blindfold when they had sex around 10 times over the course of two years. She also denied wearing a wool hat and bandages over her chest to conceal her identity.

The pair reportedly spent "hundreds" of hours talking on the phone as Newland pretended to be Fortune, and more than 100 hours in person. Newland said the woman had known that Fortune was not real, and that they had been using the persona as a way to explore their sexuality.

The accuser said the pair embarked on a number of activities while she was blindfolded, including a road trip, watching TV and sunbathing.

"He said he was not blessed with a deep voice,' said the victim. "Kye said he was based in Chester or the Cheshire area. Kye said he had issues with social anxiety and made excuses why he could not meet in person."

She said that it was only during a sexual encounter in 2013 that she realized her lover had long hair, and took off her blindfold to see Newland.

The victim spoke about how the relationship had left her with anxiety and depression.

"I feel like a shell of a person that I potentially could be," she said. "Relationships with partners and colleagues are non-existent. I am no longer the bubbly fun-loving character I used to be."

Newland admitted she had pretended to be Fortune in conversations with two other women, neither of whom she met in person.

"This manipulative, deceitful and very crafty young woman went to such astonishing lengths to control the complainant's life and make her do the things the defendant wanted her to do," said prosecutor Simon Medland.

When the jury found Newland guilty on three counts of sexual assault, she is reported to have cried and said, "I can't go back to jail."

She will also have to register as a sex offender.

Sources: Mirror, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Blind Fields/Flickr, Mirror

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