Sex pest transvestite Paul Reed told to stay away from strangers
Paul Reed dressed as an
old woman to fondle girls
by Dan Bloom
Five-foot transvestite Paul Reed disguised himself as an old
lady to get close to a young woman at a bus station.
But he found himself in trouble when his distressed victim
looked him up online.
She found a court had banned the 51-year-old from using his
alias to deceive young women and girls.
(pictured left) has been hauled back before a judge for his 15th
breach of the order, but will still be allowed to cross-dress
if he only talks to women he knows.
Judge Michael O'Sullivan said: "He can dress as a woman, he has
a right to dress as a woman if he so wishes. What he must not do is
try to bring himself into the trust of females."
Reed, of Albany Road, Chatham, was first given a
sexual offences prevention order in 2007 when he was sentenced for
crimes including sexual activity with an underage girl.
Despite breaching the order several times, including in an
undercover police sting, it was relaxed so Reed could wear women's
clothes if he did not use them as a disguise.
Canterbury Crown Court heard he did just that - sidling up
to a young professional waiting for a bus in Chatham on October
Wearing a woman's overcoat, mittens and a scarf pulled up over
his mouth, he asked her if she worked at the Eagle Tavern in
Rochester - which she did not - then talked about the
Paul Reed pictured by
police dressed as a woman to talk to a young woman
Jim Harvey, prosecuting, said: "She initially assumed the person
who sat down next to her was a woman.
"The defendant opened a lady's umbrella and tried to persuade
the victim to nestle under the umbrella with him. When she pointed
out it wasn't raining, he said the wind would get them."
The experience rang alarm bells so, with a friend, the victim
found a report about Reed, previously of Clements Close,
Canterbury, on a news website.
She rang police, telling them: "The whole incident has made me
feel really quite uncomfortable and uneasy, even though the person
hadn't touched me apart from leaning up against me."
Just six days later, Reed was spotted in the same clothes at
Chatham railway station by a police officer.
Paul Reed talks to young
women at a bus stop while dressed as a woman
The judge said: "You are easily recognisable. It comes of your
On Halloween, after he was arrested and bailed, Reed was
detained at the Thomas Ingoldsby pub in Canterbury for pestering
A psychiatric report said Reed had obssessive behaviour
triggered by feeling inadequate about his height.
Kieran Brand, defending, said: "This is behaviour that started
around the age of 10 and this man is now 51 years of age.
"This behaviour is going to take some time before it's
"It's not sexually motivated but simply a lonely man receiving attention from a person in the street...” – Kieran Brand, defending
Mr Brand said Reed did not feel comfortable around men, who had
mocked him about his height, instead seeking solace from women.
He was now enrolled on a college course and making friends, Mr
Brand said, adding: "It's not sexually motivated but simply a
lonely man receiving attention from a person in the street."
Reed, who pleaded guilty to two breaches of a sexual offences
prevention order, was given nine months' prison suspended for two
He will also be given a curfew and fitted with an electronic tag
for four months.
The judge told him: "I want to make it absolutely clear that if
you offend again, not only will you be punished for that offending,
but probably, as near as can be said, the suspended sentence order
will be put into operation."
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