A mother who was arrested last year on criminal charges of “misgendering” a transgender activist on social media has been formally charged by British authorities.
The Daily Mail reports that the Crown Prosecution Service has authorized formal charges against 38-year-old Kate Scottow, months after she was arrested for calling a trans-identified activist a “man” on Twitter.
A CPS spokesperson confirmed that charges were authorized on Aug. 21 “after reviewing a file of evidence from Hertfordshire Police relating to social media posts.”
According to the Mail Online, Scottow faces charges of malicious communications over social media comments about transgender lawyer Stephanie Hayden (born Anthony Halliday).
The CPS said Scottow has been charged for “persistent” messages that caused “annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety” to another person between September 2018 and May 2019.
In 2003, the U.K. outlawed online communications that may cause “annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another.”
As reported by The Sunday Times in 2017, about 3,300 people were detained in 2016 for what they wrote online. But about half of those cases were dropped before formal charges were brought.
Scottow was arrested in front of her children at her home in Hertfordshire last December and held for seven hours while she was questioned. She was fingerprinted and had her mugshot and DNA taken.
As previously reported, she received a court order at the time that banned her from misgendering Hayden online.
Scottow had been accused of posting “defamatory” tweets and for referring to Hayden not only as male but also as a “racist, xenophobic and a crook.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith