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Victims angry after HIV positive rapist transitioned to woman in jail and was allowed to assume new identity

By Mason White 1:28 PM August 25, 2017
Laken McKay
Laken McKay
By: Mason White

Families are angry and are condemning the government’s decision to help a rapist hide her past crimes.

The repeat sex offender has been released on parole with a new name and identity, and she wants privacy, but the family of her victims said that the community has the right to know who and where she is.

33-year-old Rory Francis of New Zealand, was arrested for molesting two young children over a three year period. She was sentenced to 9 years in prison.

Francis had been diagnosed with HIV after a previous sexual assault against a 7-year-old boy. In that case, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

While she was in prison, Francis underwent counseling. Francis also began identifying as a woman and changed her name to Laken McKay.

A parole board released her early, despite admitting that McKay had “challenges associated with her sexual orientation” and other personal issues that were “identified as a risk factor.”

However, the parole board said that Mckay had made “significant progress” after completing a sex offender program and got psychological help.

Mckay was released on a number of conditions, including electronic monitoring, curfew and having no contact with children under 16.

She now lives in Auckland, under her new name and identity.

The family of her victims said that they worry about her new identity as the community was not aware of her past sex offenses.

Nzherald reached out to McKay through Facebook, which was under her new name, before the victims’ family members notified Facebook that Mckay was a registered sex offender and the account was closed.

Mckay told the reporter that “publishing her new name would ruin her and the progress she had made.”

She added that she turned her life around, she had done her time and she is now entitled to privacy.

She explained that if they published her new name, she will be punished all over again despite no longer being a risk to society.

However, the family disagrees. They believe it is very important to publish her information in order to protect children from this repeat offender.