Woman denies tricking pair into sex while posing as a man

A woman today denied tricking two women into sexual intimacy by pretending to be a man.

Samantha Brooks, 26, is accused of posing as a man called Lee Brooks and thus obtaining sexual contact with them by fraud.

It is alleged that this went on for eight years with one woman and eight months with the other.

Brooks pleaded not guilty to four charges when she appeared at the High Court in Glasgow today.

She faces two charges of obtaining sexual contact by fraud, which are broken down into various subsections.

The indictment alleges that she pretended to each woman that she suffered from testicular cancer and that they could not therefore handle her penis, in an attempt to induce each to believe that she had a penis.

It alleges she tried to hide her breasts from the women by telling one that she had suffered burns on her back and needed to wear bandages around the chest area.

She allegedly told the other that she had suffered a stab wound to the torso which meant she had to wear bandages and clingfilm around the chest.

Brooks is accused of placing a condom on an object she purported to be her penis and using it to obtain sexual intimacy with both women, which she knew they would not otherwise consent to.

It is also alleged that she bathed in the presence of each woman but used bubblebath to conceal her body.

She is also said to have urinated standing up, and refused to remove upper clothing in front of them in an attempt to conceal her breasts.

It is alleged she proposed to one woman, and provided correspondence in the name of Lee James Brooks.

The offences involving the first woman are alleged to have happened on various occasions between January 1 2001 and December 31 2009 in

Perthshire and London.

With the second they allegedly took place in Perthshire and London between February 1 2010 and September 20 2010.

Brooks also faces a charge of assaulting one woman on various occasions between January 1 2005 and December 31 2006.

The fourth charge is that she assaulted the second woman on various occasions between July 1 2010 and July 31 2010.

Lord Bannatyne continued the case until February 9 at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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