Gemma Barker case
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|Gemma Barker case|
|Other names||Aaron, Connor|
|Criminal charge||Sexual assault, fraud|
|Criminal penalty||Two years and a half|
The actions leading up to these convictions became widely reported in the media, as she had created three different male personas via social media, which she used to form relationships with teenage girls.
Whilst living in West Molesey, Surrey, Gemma Barker developed physical and emotional relationships with her friends, Jessica Sayers and one other who opted to remain anonymous, whilst identifying as the different males. She was eventually arrested as her male persona "Aaron" for committing sexual assault on Sayers, but her physical sex and identity were still not discovered until she was forced to undergo a strip search.
At Guildford Crown Court on 5 March 2012, Judge Peter Moss sentenced Barker to 30 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault, to be served concurrently with three months for fraud. She has been diagnosed with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Mangan, Lucy (7 August 2012). "TV review: The Girl Who Became Three Boys; Lost Children". The Guardian. London.
- Blake, Matt (5 March 2012). "'I felt repulsed and dirty and wanted to kill myself': Schoolgirl victims of teenage girl who dressed as boy to date them speak of their anguish as she is jailed". Daily Mail. London.
- "Woman who tricked two teenage girls into relationships by disguising herself as a boy faces jail". The Daily Telegraph. London. 17 January 2012.
- Girl who disguised herself as a boy to trick female friends into sex Gemma Barker jailed for 30 months - Mirror Online
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