A TRANSGENDER sex offender was back in court after failing to tell authorities that they now identified as a woman.

Chloe Thompson, who has changed their name from Andrew McNab, set up a TikTok account under their new name after changing it by deed poll.

The 41-year-old was convicted of carrying out a sexual assault on a teenage girl in 2011 and was issued with a ten-year notification requirement order to alert authorities to their whereabouts and activities.

Uzma Khan, prosecuting, said as part of the court order the defendant has three days to notify police of any aliases they are using and police were called to his address after concerns were raised about their behaviour by the landlord.

She said: "Whilst the officer is reviewing the applications on their mobile phone he comes across the TikTok application which they state they had downloaded and has been using it for two weeks. The user name is Chloe Thompson and he confirms he has never confirmed this alias to the police."

Miss Khan said the defendant had breached the order on 11 occasions since it was imposed almost ten years ago.

Thompson, of Harford Street, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to one charge of breaching the conditions of his notification requirement order.

Andrew Turton, in mitigation, said he agreed with the assessment of risk that his client posed to children.

Judge Recorder Nicholas Lumley QC sentenced her to a four month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, issued them with a 12 month community order and imposed 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He added: "On the face of this this isn't a serious breach of your notification requirements but against a background of doing this quite often, I can see why the prosecution were so concerned about your behaviour in this case.

"The police need to know who you are and where you are but not for much longer due to the time left on the order."