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10 January 2020 18:40

Gemma Watts

Gemma Watts: Sex attacks woman posed as teenage boy

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Gemma Watts posed as 16-year-old "Jake Waton" on social media A woman disguised herself as a teenage boy to sexually assault girls after grooming them online. Gemma Watts posed as 16-year-old "Jake Waton" on social media and swapped intimate photos with victims before meeting at locations across England. Watts, 21, of Enfield, pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to sexual offences involving four girls and was jailed for eight years. Scotland Yard said Watts had used her own picture on Snapchat and Instagram accounts as "Jake" and targeted girls aged 13 to 16 by liking their profiles. Police said all of her victims believed they were in a relationship with a teenage boy until officers revealed Watts was actually an adult woman.

One 14-year-old girl said her "heart exploded" when she learned the truth about Watts from the police. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Det Con Phillipa Kenwright said the victims "all believed they were in a relationship with a male" Passing sentence, Judge Susan Evans QC said Watts had groomed young girls for her own gratification. Det Con Phillipa Kenwright said the victims "all believed they were in a relationship with a male" and had been "completely taken in" by Watts. In July that year Watts admitted to Met officers she had been sexually active as "Jake" with the first three victims. Officers initially thought Watts was a 16-year-old boy and were taking her home to London before they realised her true identity.

A woman who posed as a teenage boy to sexually assault girls as young as 13 after grooming them on social media has been jailed for eight years. Watts, 21, of Pembroke Avenue, Enfield, was jailed at Winchester Crown Court on Friday for grooming and sexually assaulting four teenage girls. The judge said of a sixteen year old victim "she felt physically sick when she found out you were a girl. A "PREDATORY" woman who duped girls as young as 13 into thinking she was a teenage boy so she could sexually assault them has been jailed for eight years. Gemma Watts, 21, would hide her long hair beneath a baseball cap and wear jogging bottoms and a hoodie as part of her disguise as 16-year-old "Jake Waton".

Police believe Watts - who once dreamed of playing professional football - possibly assaulted between 20 and 50 girls who did not realise she was a woman. One of her teenage victims, in an impact statement read to the court, said that her "heart exploded" when police revealed Watts' true identity to her. Police said Watts groomed her victims with intimate photographs over WhatsApp and Snapchat before meeting them in person. The girls fully believed they were in a relationship with a teenage boy until officers revealed she was in fact an adult woman. Watts, of Pembroke Avenue, Enfield, pleaded guilty at the same court in November to seven sexual assault and grooming charges.

"These victims were not consenting to sexual activity because they were deceived into thinking that Gemma Watts was a boy." In a statement read out in court, one of Watts' victims said her "heart exploded" and her "world stopped" when police told her "Jake" was in fact an adult woman. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "When the police told me Jake was in fact called Gemma I thought this was not really real." Detective Constable Phillipa Kenwright, from the Metropolitan Police, said she believed there were more victims. Woman who posed as boy to sexually assault up to 50 girls is jailed A woman who posed as a teenage boy to groom girls as young as 13 online and travelled around the country to sexually abuse them has been jailed for eight years. Watts, who used the alias "Jake Waton", was jailed for seven offences involving four girls but detectives believe she may have groomed as many as 50 teenagers and are appealing for other victims to come forward. When she met victims in person, she tied her long hair into a bun and wore a baseball cap, baggy jogging bottoms and a hoodie to convince the girls she was Jake.

The judge said it was worrying that even after being warned by police, Watts continued to groom and meet girls. In her victim impact statement, the teenager said her "heart exploded" when she found out Jake was an adult woman. Watts also met up with another 14-year-old girl from Surrey while posing as Jake. Speaking outside court, DC Phillipa Kenwright of the Metropolitan police said: "I think there will be further victims, who were in a relationship with Watts, who will now realise she is a woman. A woman posed as a teenage boy to sexually assault up to 50 girls, police have revealed. Gemma Watts, 21, travelled the country by train to meet the youngsters, who believed they were in a relationship with a boy close to their own age. All of Watts' victims believed they were in a relationship with a teenage boy until police revealed she was an adult woman. Watts, who lives at home with her mother in Enfield, north London, is facing jail at Winchester Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to seven sexual assault and grooming charges. November's dismal weather will finally change, with drier and colder conditions coming for the start of December, forecasters have said PA 44/50 27 November 2019 The moment a swan flew over a flock of 60,000 starlings as dusk fell on Whixall Moss Nature Reserve in Shropshire Andrew Fusek Peters / SWNS 45/50 26 November 2019 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon plays with local children during a visit to the Jelly Tots & Cookies Play Cafe in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire PA 46/50 25 November 2019 Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses with sheep as he visits the Royal Welsh Showground, in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, whilst on the General Election campaign trail PA 47/50 24 November 2019 Cush Jumbo attends the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at London Coliseum Getty Images 48/50 23 November 2019 Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn meets a supporter on a train on his return from a visit to Sheffield PA 49/50 22 November 2019 Gallery assistants adjust 'The Ancient Town of Uglich' by Konstantin Yuon, 1913, estimated at £600,000 to £800,000, during a press preview of the sale of works by some of the most pre-eminent creators of Russian art at Sotheby's in London PA 50/50 21 November 2019 A mother seal appears to hug her pup as grey seals return to Donna Nook National Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire, where they come every year in late autumn and winter to give birth PA 1/50 9 January 2020 Rawson Robinson, from Nenthead, on the Cumbria and Northumberland border clears snow from the model village he has built in his garden PA 2/50 8 January 2020 People read messages written on the David Bowie mural in Brixton, south London, on what would have been the singer's 73rd birthday PA 3/50 7 January 2020 England's Stuart Broad celebrates with teammate Ben Stokes after the dismissal of South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen during the fifth day of the second Test cricket match in Cape Town. November's dismal weather will finally change, with drier and colder conditions coming for the start of December, forecasters have said PA 44/50 27 November 2019 The moment a swan flew over a flock of 60,000 starlings as dusk fell on Whixall Moss Nature Reserve in Shropshire Andrew Fusek Peters / SWNS 45/50 26 November 2019 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon plays with local children during a visit to the Jelly Tots & Cookies Play Cafe in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire PA 46/50 25 November 2019 Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses with sheep as he visits the Royal Welsh Showground, in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, whilst on the General Election campaign trail PA 47/50 24 November 2019 Cush Jumbo attends the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at London Coliseum Getty Images 48/50 23 November 2019 Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn meets a supporter on a train on his return from a visit to Sheffield PA 49/50 22 November 2019 Gallery assistants adjust 'The Ancient Town of Uglich' by Konstantin Yuon, 1913, estimated at £600,000 to £800,000, during a press preview of the sale of works by some of the most pre-eminent creators of Russian art at Sotheby's in London PA 50/50 21 November 2019 A mother seal appears to hug her pup as grey seals return to Donna Nook National Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire, where they come every year in late autumn and winter to give birth PA But DC Kenwright said: "I think there will be further victims, who were in a relationship with Watts, who will now realise she is a woman. "I think she had been grooming other young victims online using social media profiles, which are very believable." Watts first came to the attention of Hampshire police in March 2018 after a doctor raised concerns a girl was in a relationship with an older boy. The Met got involved in July that year after the defendant admitted she had been sexually active as Jake with the first three victims. Officers had initially believed Watts was 16-year-old Jake and were taking her home to London before making the link.