A FLASHER will not have to undergo group sex-offending treatment handed down as part of his punishment – because he is now a she.
Stuart Fisher, as he was known, was given a groupwork programme for men after his conviction for outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner.
But in what is believed to be a legal first, the terms of his punishment have been changed after gender reassignment made him a woman.
Now going by the name of Saralee, Fisher will now have to carry out one-to-one work with a probation officer.
It is thought to be the first time officials have ever had to alter the conditions of a sex offender’s punishment because of a sex change.
The 47-year-old was handed a community order with supervision requirements in January 2010 for the charges, but has since undergone gender reassignment to become a woman.
A hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court saw the requirement for Fisher to attend the groupwork programme be removed from the punishment.
Instead Fisher, from North Tyneside, will have to undergo one-to-one work with a probation officer.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “The suitability of treatment programmes for offenders is assessed on a case by case basis, and the decision to vary a community sentence requirement is a matter for the courts.
“If an offender is not deemed suitable for group courses, their offending behaviour will still be addressed on a one-to-one basis with specialist help if required.”