21-Year-Old Woman Disguises As 16-Year-Old Boy To Sexually Assault Young Girls
A 21-year-old woman disguised as a teenage boy to sexually assault up to 50 girls as young as 14 after grooming them online, police have revealed in a report by Daily Mail.
Gemma Watts, from Enfield, North London, travelled the country by train to meet the youngsters, who believed they were in a relationship with a boy close to their own age.
She disguised with her long hair tied into a bun while wearing a baseball cap, baggy jogging bottoms and a hoodie, Watts convinced them she was 16-year-old ‘Jake Waton’.
She used her own picture on Jake’s Snapchat and Instagram accounts, targeting girls aged 14-16 by liking their profiles.
Watts lived at home with her mother in Enfield, North London, shared skateboarding videos, used teenage slang and flattered them with complimentary messages, calling them ‘babe’ or other pet names. She would then swap messages with victims, including intimate photographs, using WhatsApp, Snapchat, or text, and speak over the phone before meeting them in person.
The offenses relate to four girls, including a 14-year-old from Hampshire and three 15-year-olds from Surrey, Plymouth and the West Midlands.
Watts was so convincing that she even spent time as Jake with some of the girls’ parents. Even the police at one point believed she was a boy.
All of Watts’ victims believed they were in a relationship with a teenage boy until police revealed she was, in fact, an adult woman.
She was held on remand after being arrested for sexual assault in March last year but was free again in August when she was acquitted.
Watts was finally charged in September and pleaded guilty to seven offenses in November, which include Assault by penetration, sexual assault and grooming against 14-year-old girl from Hampshire; Sexual assault and grooming against a 15-year-old girl from Surrey; Grooming a 15-year-old girl from Plymouth and Sexual assault against a 15-year-old girl from the West Midlands.