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A teenage girl who disguised herself as a boy to date her own female friends was today jailed for 30 months.

Gemma Barker, who was 19 at the time, gave herself false male identities so she could have sexual encounters with her 15 and 16-year-old victims.

Barker, now 20, of Staines, Middlesex, was told by Judge Peter Moss at Guildford Crown Court that she would be in custody for the first half of the term and serve the remainder on licence.

He said: “I have concluded that these offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

The court heard that Barker introduced herself to the girls by using fake Facebook profiles and wore hats and baggy clothes to hide her true identity when she met them in person.

But one of the girls realised something was wrong when she thought the boy she was having a relationship with looked similar to one the other victim was dating.

The judge said Barker had admitted that the relationships included kissing, cuddling and sexual touching.

He told her: “Nothing that you have ever said to any expert or the police sheds any light on, or provides any understanding of, your motivation for these offences.

“Nor have I nor anyone else seen any flicker of remorse for what you have done.”

Barker showed no emotion as she left the dock to start her sentence, to be served at least initially in a young offenders’ institution.

She had previously admitted two counts of sexual assault and one of fraud. The offences took place between November 23 2009 and May 10 2010.

She received 30-month terms for the sexual assaults and three months for the fraud, the sentences to be concurrent.

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