SCOTLAND: Serial Rapist Seeking Transfer to Women’s Prison Following Name Change

A serial rapist who targeted women in changing rooms and restrooms is now identifying as transgender and is seeking to be transferred to a women’s prison in Scotland.

Jonathon Mallon, 40, was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 on a slew of rape charges. He has now begun referring to himself as “Charlene” and has allegedly been “bragging” that he will be in a women’s prison by the spring, according to a report by The Scottish Sun. The serial rapist is currently housed in a men’s prison in Edinburgh.

Mallon has a lengthy criminal history related to violence agains women. Over the course of a 14-year period, Mallon racked up 21 charges in the communities of Glasgow, Ayr, Renfrewshire, and Greenock. Between December 1999 and March 2013, Mallon raped five women and sexually abused a sixth. All of Mallon’s victims were aged 31 or younger. Two of his victims were women he met at a church.

In 2014, prosecutor Kath Harper told the court that Mallon also had previous convictions for domestic abuse, violence, carrying a knife and fire raising — also referred to as arson. 

During sentencing, one survivor told the court how Mallon raped her in a cubicle at Scotstoun Swimming Baths while families with young children were nearby. She added that after the incident he told her, “‘Do you know what I’ve just done to you? I’ve raped you.’ It kind of looked like he was gloating.”

Another victim was raped in the bathroom at the Odeon cinema in Glasgow. 

The High Court judge in Glasgow told Mallon that his conduct could “only be described as monstrous,” noting that in total, his offenses were carried out against six women, “…each of whom was vulnerable in one way or another. It’s clear that you saw women who were vulnerable and ruthlessly exploited them for your own sexual gratification.”

After being convicted, Mallon was reportedly “weeping on the dock” to which the judge stated: “I hope that your tears are for the women whose lives you have ruined.”

Ten years later, Mallon is eager to be around women once again, inside sources told The Sun. One fellow inmate reportedly said Mallon has “…been saying to people he has changed his name by deed poll and is going to the women’s hall in three months. But I don’t think he is. I don’t know how they can put a sex offender who rapes women into a women’s hall. I’m sure prison bosses will see through it.”

The news comes just weeks after the Scottish Government voted down amendments to its controversial gender self-identification laws, which, if included, would have prohibited sex offenders from changing their identification during or after court proceedings.

Tory Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) Russell Findlay, who proposed the amendment, said it would “prevent those male criminals who already lie and deceive to commit serious wrongdoing and whose victims are almost always women and girls.”

In December, the Gender Recognition Reform (GRR) bill was passed by MSPs in a vote of 86 to 39, removing the need for a medical diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” in order to obtain a “gender recognition certificate” (GRC).

Shona Robison, Social Justice Secretary, said the GRR Bill “simplifies and improves the process for a trans person to obtain a gender recognition certificate – which many currently find intrusive, medicalized and bureaucratic …The passing of this bill is a significant step forward in creating a more equal Scotland, where trans people feel valued, included and empowered.”

A bid to stop anyone using self-ID while awaiting trial for a sex attack was also voted down.  

Robison said: “There is no evidence that predatory and abusive men have ever had to apply for legal gender recognition to carry out their behavior.”  

The Parliament ultimately did pass an amendment which removed the right of anyone with a sexual harm or sexual offense prevention order to be allowed a legal gender change document. As a result, Mallon’s request to transfer prisons may be blocked. 

Findlay said Mallon’s request “… is the latest case of a predatory male sex offender seeking access to a women’s prison. Nicola Sturgeon’s new gender self-ID law will lead to an inevitable increase in such cases, putting some of Scotland’s most vulnerable women at increased risk.” 

As previously revealed by Reduxx, serial child sexual abuser Katie Dolatowski was recently sent to a women’s institution to serve a 4-month sentence despite his long history of sex attacks against young girls in public facilities. Dolatowski, 22, was allowed to identify into a women’s prison despite the court being aware that he had violently assaulted an inmate in 2021 while incarcerated at a men’s facility.

Cornton Vale, the prison where Dolatowski is currently serving his sentence, is a Scottish national facility for both remanded and convicted female prisoners. It is designed to hold a maximum of 119 women, and has a separate Mother and Baby Unit with 7 spaces. 

If Mallon’s transfer request is approved, he could similarly end up in either Cornton Vale or in the Ratho House wing of the capital jail.

The policy allowing the transfer of male inmates to female correctional facilities was backed by a senior official at the Scottish Prison Service who was convicted in 2016 on charges related to the possession of child sexual abuse materials. Gordon Pike, responsible for the Prison Service’s “gender identity and gender reassignment policy,” pleaded guilty at Paisley sheriff court to hoarding 22,000 indecent pictures of children.

Last April, it was revealed that a trans-identified male inmate convicted of murder had begun identifying as an infant and demanding diapers to wear from prison officials. Shortly after being detained, correctional officers gave Sophie Eastwood the nickname “Hannibal Lecter Jr.” due to the “chilling mind games” the inmate would play with the staff, one of which caused a female guard to quit her post after just one shift with him.

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Yuliah Alma

Yuliah is a former researcher and journalist at Reduxx. She lives on the American east coast, and is an avid reader and book collector.

Yuliah Alma
Yuliah Alma
Yuliah is a former researcher and journalist at Reduxx. She lives on the American east coast, and is an avid reader and book collector.