A transgender paedophile claimed their wife messaged schoolgirls on Facebook in a plot to end their marriage after she started another relationship, a court heard.
Abigail Waller, who was born male, returned to court after starting reoffending just three months after being freed from a five-year sentence for child sex offences when known under birth name Jamie.
The 29-year-old breached court-imposed conditions by messaging three schoolgirls on Facebook using her wife’s phone.
Jurors heard that using a fake profile with photos of an “attractive” young man, Waller told the 13 and 14-year-old-girls that they were “so pretty” and “really beautiful”.
Waller, who now has long dark hair and wore a pink floral dress during the trial, tried to argue that Lucy, the paedophile’s wife of nine years, was behind the messages.
“She knows that I have been in trouble for it before in the past.
“I believe she was actually in another relationship with another, current boyfriend that she is with at this time and she wanted me out of the way without telling me.”
In 2020, Jamie Waller was jailed for five years for multiple offences, which included blackmailing a 13-year-old girl into sending sexually explicit photographs of herself.
Waller was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), banning any contact with children under 18 and the use of devices connected to the internet unless police were informed.
The following year, while in prison, the paedophile started identifying as a woman, the court was told.
In May 2022, Waller was released from jail and moved back with Lucy Waller to their home in Gosport, but within three months started “grooming” again, jurors heard.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Waller used Lucy Waller’s second phone, a Samsung, while she was out at work and used a Facebook profile under the name of Jake Smith.
Waller was caught by police on Aug 4 2022, when officers visited the house for a separate reason and discovered Waller hiding the Samsung.
Giving evidence, Lucy Waller said she had decided to divorce Waller.
She said her Samsung was a secondary phone which she mainly used as an alarm clock, but that it was connected to the internet and had Facebook on it. The phone had three Facebook accounts linked to it – Lucy Waller, Jamie Waller, and Jake Smith.
Waller denied four counts of breaching a SHPO but was found guilty following a three-day trial.
Sentencing Waller to three and a half years in prison, Judge Michael Bowes KC said: “You have a serious record for offences involving children. Looking at your previous convictions, there is a very unpleasant background of seeking to blackmail children.
“At your trial, you denied matters, seeking to blame your wife, but the jury convicted you.”