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>A man faces jail after being convicted of luring other men into having sex with him by posing as a woman named Ana.
>Duarte Xavier used online dating sites to contact four heterosexual men and deployed various ruses, including telling them he was married and that he wanted to engage in role play, to convince them to wear blindfolds, before engaging in sexual acts. Police said Xavier’s victims, all of whom initially believed he was female, were left “traumatised” by his crimes, which they described as being “unique in their depravity”.
>Xavier, who is from south-west London, was convicted at Kingston crown court on Friday of six counts of causing a male aged 13 or over to engage in penetrative sexual activity.
>The court heard he was a liar and fantasist whose crimes spanned several years. Posing as Ana, he would send provocative pictures to men and draw them into meeting for sex. His trial was told that he would set a series of conditions, including that the victim must wear a blindfold, and that they were not allowed to touch him. None of the victims had any reason to believe he was not who he said he was, with one telling police Xavier’s voice sounded like that of a foreign woman.