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‘Trans’ Social Media Influencer Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

On Tuesday, an Australian TikTok influencer who identifies as “transgender” pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse, indecency, indecent assault, and producing and possessing child exploitation material.

As reported by the Daily Caller, the influencer is Rachel Queen Burton, a man who believes himself to be a woman. He appeared before the South Australia District Court as victims of his crimes read statements describing his actions, which included stalking the families of two children that he had previously abused. He was arrested in October of 2022 by the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team; at the time, he denied all charges against him.

Burton’s TikTok account had over 36,000 followers, with some videos garnering as many as 418,000 likes. He describes himself on his account as a “proud trans woman” who is living his “best life with no regrets.” He previously announced in January of 2022 that he would go through hormone replacement therapy to begin his “transition” into a “woman.”

In court, the mother of one victim condemned Burton as “a gross, phony, self-indulgent thing who has cheated my children out of so much, and took it away from them without care.”

“In your online rants, you showed no remorse for your bad behavior, all while knowing what you had done,” the mother continued. “Getting an audience for your false life was far more important. You can wear any mask you like, but the truth is out and everybody knows who you really are, finally.”

The mother of the second victim admitted that Burton’s stalking had forced their family into homelessness.

“No food, scared children, too scared to go anywhere, never knowing if you could find us … when the children did sleep, nightmares haunted them,” she said in her statement. “Being homeless was extremely grueling, the worrying was relentless, but you were online having the time of your life … We were all betrayed, tricked and lied to. You are the monster, you make me feel sick to my stomach.”

One of the victims, a young girl, also testified against Burton.

“I was happy before you broke the rules, I didn’t know what was going on at the time, I feel angry at you for doing the wrong thing to me,” said the girl, the younger of the two victims. “I felt like a bird trapped in a cage, all I wanted was to be free … I still worry that you will find me.”

The second victim read a statement saying that “I’m always worried you are going to turn up somewhere, and this makes me feel terrified.”

Burton is set to be sentenced in April. Until then, he is being held in a correctional facility for men.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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