A UK woman accused of teen into having a sexual relationship said she got trapped in a “web of lies” – but denied stuffing socks inside her boxer shorts to mimic a penis and claimed the alleged victim knew she was a woman.
Georgia Bilham, 21, told the Chester Crown Court on Monday that she created a male alter ego called “George” as “an escape” from her unhappy life, but said she did not derive any sexual gratification from the encounters with the nearsighted teen.
“You knew she was not going to be sexually attracted to you as Georgia Bilham?” prosecutor Anna Pope asked her, the BBC reported.
“I can’t answer that,” Bilham replied.
When Pope said the two women had sex based on the alleged catfishing victim’s belief she was with a man, Bilham testified that she believed her partner knew she was a female.
“Why didn’t you just say you are a female with a different name?” Pope said.
“Because I was caught in a web of lies,” Bilham replied, adding that she did not get a “buzz” from allegedly duping the teen, who is not being named for legal reasons.
The suspect is charged with masquerading as a man to deceive the visually impaired 19-year-old into a same-sex relationship by forcing her to remove her glasses before sex.
She has denied 17 counts, including sexual assault and assault by penetration
On Monday, Bilham also denied wearing boxer shorts stuffed with socks to mimic a penis, the Daily Mail reported.
On Aug. 20, 2021, she sent her mother a message after her partner questioned her real identity, writing that she would “never go near a girl — I wouldn’t have had the boxers, none of it,” according to the outlet.
Bilham reportedly told her mom: “The boxers and socks, you already know the truth behind that. I just didn’t know how to break it off without being questioned.”
The alleged victim told investigators she felt “some sort of willy figure” in Bilham’s groin area when their bodies were touching, but the suspect testified Monday, “I don’t know what she felt because there was nothing down my pants,” the Daily Mail reported.
Bilham said she first met the alleged victim when she was 14 and hung around with her and other people outside a McDonald’s in Chester for half an hour.
In 2017, she created a Snapchat account in the name of “George Parry” and contacted the alleged victim and another girl, Nikita Hughes, who last week testified that she was 16 when she was contacted by someone named “Brummie George,” the Guardian reported.
Asked by her defense attorney Martine Snowdon why she lied to the complainant, she said she did not want her to know “that it was me. Not that it was a girl. That it was me,” according to the outlet.
“How do you think your mum would have reacted if she knew that you were in a same-sex relationship?” Snowdon asked.
“I don’t think she would have been very happy about it,” Bilham replied.
She insisted she was not trying to trick her alleged victim into thinking she was a male but rather did not want her to find out who she really was in case their friends and family found out.
Bilham allegedly told her alleged victim that she wore men’s clothing and hooded sweatshirts due to her purported links to an Albanian crime gang.
During sex, the teen tried to remove Bilham’s boxer shorts, but the suspect reportedly reacted by shaking and refusing to disrobe because “he” was self-conscious about stabbing scars.