Transgender man who sexually assaulted child being held in men's prison, says Humza Yousaf

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf confirmed that a transgender man who sexually assaulted a child is being held in the male prison estate.

Andrew Miller, 53, admitted abducting a primary school aged girl while dressed as a woman before sexually assaulting her repeatedly over more than 24 hours.

Miller, who is also known as Amy George, pleaded guilty to four charges – abduction, sexual assault, watching pornography in the presence of the child under the age of 13, and possessing 242 indecent images of children.

Speaking to media after First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Mr Yousaf said: “I feel for the family, I feel for the community that are involved as well. I think as a parent it’s one of the most traumatic things that you think could ever happen to your child.

“It’s disgusting, it’s abhorrent. But it is still a live case, we know sentencing has still to happen, but I know that the individual involved, he is being kept in the male estate, which is right.”

Asked whether Miller should be housed in a women’s prison, Mr Yousaf said: “No, in the male estate, where he currently is but of course what you’re asking me to do is to make a judgment on a sentencing that is still to happen. That would be inappropriate for me to do so.

“The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has protocols in place, those have recently been updated in relation to some other very well publicised cases, and therefore I’m very confident in any risk assessment SPS makes in this regard.”

Earlier this year, Scotland paused the movement of any transgender prisoner while it carried out an "urgent" review of the rules, following a public outcry after a transgender double rapist was initially housed in an all-female prison.

Isla Bryson, a serial sex offender who attacked vulnerable women when she was known as Adam Graham, decided to transition while awaiting trial, which provoked outrage among campaigners.

Bryson was held in the women's prison Corton Vale before being removed to a jail with male inmates.

The court heard that Miller is in the process of transitioning.

He approached the child in February this year when she was walking home to offer her a lift. Instead of taking the child to her home, Miller took her to his home in the Scottish Borders.

There, he subjected her to acts of sexual assault in his bedroom over the course of the next 27 hours. He also made her watch porn.

He appeared by videolink from HMP Edinburgh and was remanded in custody. He will appear for sentencing on August 15.

Detective Chief Inspector Bryan Burns said: “Our thoughts today are with the victim and her family, who have shown incredible courage and strength throughout this ordeal.

“This was a significant investigation and I would like to thank all those involved for their professionalism and commitment during what was an extremely challenging inquiry.

“Andrew Miller has pled guilty to serious offending and will now face the consequences of his actions.”