A teenage girl who posed as an adolescent male to have
relationships with heterosexual girlfriends has been jailed for 30
As previously reported on DIVA, then 19 year-old Gemma Barker
created false alter egos to attract her 15 and 16-year-old
She wore boy's clothes and deepened her voice, before setting-up
profiles on social networking site Facebook for each of her three
fake identities - Aaron Lampard, Connor McCormack and Luke
Guildford crown court heard how the relationships including
kissing and sexual touching.
Barker, now 20, of Staines, Middlesex, will serve 15 months in a
young offenders institution and the remainder on licence.
She admitted two counts of sexual assault and one of fraud.
Prosecutor Ruby Selva told the court: "The defendant was 19
years old when she befriended her victims, who were 16 and 15 years
"Having befriended them she disguised herself as various
16-year-old boys for the sole purpose of having sexual
relationships with them.Neither had any idea it was Miss Barker -
their friend. If either of them had known of the deceit, that the
boy they were having a relationship with was Miss Barker, they
would not have consented to the acts."
As reported by the BBC, Barker's barrister Chetna Patel said her
client suffered from autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit
"Miss Barker struggles to understand the motives and the
intentions of others," she said.
But the judge told Barker: "Your deceptions were entirely
responsible for the victims being so utterly and cruelly tricked,
they have nothing with which to reproach themselves. The
psychological damage to these innocent young women is
In a victim statement read out to the court, one victim said: "I
felt repulsive and dirty, it made me angry, I wanted to kill myself
because I couldn't cope."