Woman Jailed After Pretending to Be Man for Sex With Pal

Gayle Newland gets 8 years for sexual assault
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2015 5:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – A British woman who pretended to be a man to have sex with a female friend has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Gayle Newland went to great lengths to create a male persona, setting up a Facebook account in the name "Kye Fortune." The pair spoke by phone over the course of two years and eventually met, with Newland persuading her friend to wear a blindfold. The deception was discovered when the complainant removed her mask and saw Newland wearing a prosthetic penis.

Newland claimed her accuser always knew she was pretending to be a man, but a jury convicted her of sexual assault. Passing sentence Thursday, Judge Roger Dutton called Newland's behavior a callous breach of trust. (Read more sexual assault stories.)

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