A transgender prisoner has been charged with committing four sexual offences against inmates at a women’s jail in West Yorkshire.
Karen White, 51, is accused of four counts of sexual touching at New Hall Prison, Wakefield.
Ms White, who was born male but now identifies as a woman, has since been moved to a male prison.
Ministry of Justice (MoJ) guidance says in the “great majority” of cases transgender prisoners are allowed to “experience the system” in the gender in which they identify.
The first alleged attack is said to have taken place within a week of her arrival at New Hall jail in Wakefield.
She had not yet had gender reassignment surgery when she was jailed in the women’s prison, according to a report in The Sun.
The prisoner was originally sent on remand to the female prison after a judge heard she had been living as a woman for more than two years.
But one of her alleged victims, who she is said to have become friends with, claims she stood next to her, touching her arm while her erect penis was visible from the top of her trousers.
Another alleged victim claims the prisoner made inappropriate comments about oral sex before giving her a bear hug.