A male-to-female transgender sex offender (32) who sexually assaulted their step-son is appealing the severity of the sentence.
The transgender sex-offender, who cannot be named, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison following their conviction on ten counts of sexual assault and one count of child cruelty occurring between 2011 and 2013.
The severity of the sentence, which was handed down in December 2019 following a jury trial at the Circuit Court, is now being appealed by the sex offender’s legal team.
Roderick O’Hanlon, senior counsel for the appellant, last week told the Court of Appeal that his client is having difficulty in a women’s prison which the original judgement had not foreseen.
Additionally, O’Hanlon argued that the judgement should have suspended more than six months of the sentence to facilitate rehabilitation.
The sex offender’s victim was a four-year-old boy whose mother had started the relationship before the abuser transitioned.
The boy was made to sit on the bed while being sexually abused, and regularly threatened with physical abuse for two years.
Judgement was reserved in the appeal.