Transgender prisoner born a male who sexually assaulted female inmates after being jailed for rape is sentenced to life 

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A transgender prisoner has been jailed for life after admitting sexually assaulting two women inmates and raping two other women before she was jailed.

Karen White, 52, was described as a “predator” who was a danger to women and children, Leeds Crown Court heard.

White, who was born male but now identifies as a woman and is transitioning, was jailed for two counts of rape, two sexual assaults and one offence of wounding.

The court heard she used her “transgender persona” to put herself in contact with vulnerable women.

She must serve a minimum term of nine-and-a-half years before parole can be considered.

White appeared by video link from HMP Leeds, and sat impassive during the hearing, wearing a patterned blouse, glasses and shoulder-length blonde hair.

HMP Leeds is a category B men’s prison. It is not clear yet where she will serve her sentence. 

She attacked two women while at HMP New Hall, a women’s prison between September and October last year. At the time she was on remand for other offences.





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