Image copyright Met Police Image caption Gemma Watts posed as 16-year-old “Jake Waton” on social media A woman disguised herself as a teenage boy to sexually assault girls after grooming them online.Gemma Watts posed as 16-year-old “Jake Waton” on social media and swapped intimate photos with victims before meeting at locations across England. Watts, 21,…

Gemma Watts

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Gemma Watts posed as 16-year-frail “Jake Waton” on social media

A girl disguised herself as a teenage boy to sexually assault girls after grooming them online.

Gemma Watts posed as 16-year-frail “Jake Waton” on social media and swapped intimate shots with victims sooner than assembly at areas across England.

Watts, 21, of Enfield, has pleaded guilty to sexual offences spirited four girls. She is attributable to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court later.

Police imagine she also can like assaulted as a lot as 50 victims in total.

Scotland Yard said Watts had ancient her salvage characterize on Snapchat and Instagram accounts as “Jake” and focused girls used 14 to 16 by liking their profiles.

She ancient teenage slang, despatched flattering messages and shared intimate shots sooner than travelling to meet them in person.

Her disguise integrated tying her hair relieve in a bun and wearing a baseball cap, jogging bottoms and a hoodie.

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Watts created a series of fake social media accounts to trick victims

Police said all of her victims believed they had been in a relationship with a teenage boy until officers revealed Watts turn into as soon as in actuality an adult lady.

She turn into as soon as so convincing she even spent time as “Jake” with a couple of of the girls’ parents.

The offences she has admitted expose to a 14-year-frail from Hampshire and three 15-year-olds from Surrey, Plymouth and the West Midlands.

Det Con Phillipa Kenwright said the victims “all believed they had been in a relationship with a male” and had been “entirely taken in” by Watts.

She added: “It has been existence-altering for all the victims enthusiastic.”

The officer said she believed Watts also can like duped “20 to 50” victims in total.

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Media captionDet Con Phillipa Kenwright said the victims “all believed they had been in a relationship with a male”

A doctor in Hampshire first raised concerns to police in March 2018 after a young patient revealed she turn into as soon as in a relationship with an older boy.

In July that year Watts admitted to Met officers she had been sexually active as “Jake” with the necessary three victims.

She turn into as soon as launched beneath investigation and arrested one more time in October 2018 by British Transport Police who realized her on a tell with a fourth sufferer.

In November 2019, Watts pleaded guilty to 1 count of assault by penetration, three counts of assembly a baby following sexual grooming and three counts of sexual assault.

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Watts arrives at Winchester Crown Court for her sentencing

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