UK: Transgender Sex Offender With 87 Prior Convictions Sexually Assaulted Two Prison Staff

A trans-identified male inmate has been handed an additional 6-months in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two prison staff. The incidents occurred while he was serving a 37-month sentence for sexually assaulting a nurse.

Katana Paris, 27, was incarcerated at HMP Forest Bank in Manchester when he committed the vile sexual assaults, first attacking a female prison officer who was serving him breakfast.

According to The Argus, the prosecutor on the case, Megan Edwards said that the officer had approached Paris’ cell and opened the door in order to provide him his meal. Paris then stepped out of his cell, which was immediately unusual as prisoners would typically remain in their cells while being served.

“[The officer] asked the defendant to move back, but the request was ignored. The defendant then placed a hand on her hand, before sliding [his] fingers between her knuckles.”

The officer pulled away and the two prisoners who were assisting with breakfast rounds handed over Paris’ food tray. Paris then “jumped up and down as if excited,” before launching at the woman and touching her genitals.

The officer waited until end-of-rounds to report the incident, concerned about drawing attention from other inmates.

Just one day later, Paris assaulted another officer who was serving him food. As the officer opened his hatch to provide him his food tray, Paris reached out of the slot and grabbed the man’s genitals. Paris was described as “aggressive” during the assault.

The court addressed Paris with “she/her” pronouns during his hearing on Wednesday, with his defense arguing that his long criminal history was the result of “mental health problems” and his inability to manage his emotions.

But presiding Judge Nicholas Dean was not convinced by the claim, saying he believed Paris hadn’t shown any significant remorse.

“It seems to me you regard what you did as being rather trivial,” Judge Sean said to Paris during his sentencing.

During coverage of the case, most outlets referred to Paris as a “woman,” and used feminine pronouns to refer to him. In a post on X (formerly Twitter) promoting their article on Paris’ sentence, The Mirror did not refer to the fact he was transgender and received significant backlash on the platform. They later deleted the post after receiving a Community Note clarifying that Paris was male.

Paris has an extensive criminal history with 87 prior convictions, many of which were for sex-related crimes.

As well as sexually assaulting two prison staff and a nurse, he was also convicted of assault on a police officer in 2020. During an arrest for suspicion of breaching a restraining order, he spat at an officer and threatened to infect them with COVID-19.

The restraining order Paris had been subject to was part of his conditions in a suspended sentence he’d received for a previous conviction. He pleaded guilty to both the assault on police and to breaking the suspended sentence order and was sentenced to 3 months in prison for the offences.

Paris has now been moved to HMP Swaleside in Kent, a men’s prison, and will be on the sex offender register for five years.


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Shay Woulahan

Shay is a writer and social media content creator for Reduxx. She is a proud lesbian activist and feminist who lives in Northern Ireland with her partner and their four-legged, fluffy friends.

Shay Woulahan
Shay Woulahan
Shay is a writer and social media content creator for Reduxx. She is a proud lesbian activist and feminist who lives in Northern Ireland with her partner and their four-legged, fluffy friends.
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