In September, the scary and sad story of Gayle Newland went public, but the verdict in her case wasn't announced until yesterday. Newland has been sentenced to 8 years in jail for sexual assault, having lured a woman into a physical relationship with her under false pretenses.
As The Guardian explained:
Gayle Newland, 25, has admitted creating a fake Facebook profile in order to meet girls, using a photo of a good-looking Asian man she called Kye Fortune. But she denies misleading a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Newman wearing a prosthetic penis after they had intercourse, during which the woman wore a blindfold.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had earlier testified to having willingly worn the blindfold during numerous sexual encounters with someone she believed was Kye Fortune. She said Kye told her he was recovering from a brain tumour and did not want her to see his scars.
The victim only found out what was happening when she took off her blindfold during intercourse and saw that Newland was wearing a prosthetic penis. The case was heard in Chester Crowd Court, in which Newland claimed that the accuser knew about her real identity the whole time.
Announcing the verdict, Judge Roger Dutton said that Newland was "an intelligent, obsessional, highly manipulative, deceitful, scheming and thoroughly determined young woman." He ruled:
To successfully pass off a deception of this complexity was a major undertaking involving dedicated mobile phone lines as well as regular texts from you purporting to be Kye's relatives.
You pursued this course of conduct over a lengthy period during which you played with her affections, acting entirely for your own sexual satisfaction and choosing to ignore the devastating impact that the eventual discovery of the truth would have on her.
The trial also covered the effort Newland went to in order to maintain the Kye Fortune persona. She bound her chest using a hat and swimsuit, and said that her high-pitched voice was due to Fortune being half-Filipino and half-Latino. The victim was asked to wear a mask and scarf while the two casually watched movies together.
"You do you" isn't just a catchphrase, it's the law. Don't pretend to be someone else. You could hurt people and end up in jail.