A TikTok star amassed thousands of followers claiming to be a ‘proud trans woman’ – but she was really a pedophile who used her new identity as a ‘mask’, her victims have told a court.
Rachel Queen Burton, 44, repeatedly abused two children before stalking their family and driving them into homelessness, the Adelaide District Court heard.
Burton then “put on a mask” and transitioned to life as a woman.
She pleaded guilty to aggravated charges of manufacturing and possessing child exploitation material, gross indecency and indecent assault.
Chilling victim impact statements from Burton’s two victims, a boy and a girl, their older brother and sister and the children’s mother were heard in court on Tuesday.
Burton, who joined via video link from a male prison, sobbed as the children’s mother detailed the permanent impact of the abuse, The Advertiser reported.
Transgender TikTok star Rachel Queen Burton (44) was arrested in October 2022 and charged with child abuse and exploitation.
“You are a gross, fake, self-indulgent thing who has deceived my children so much and taken it away from them without a care,” the mother read.
‘In your online rants you showed no remorse for your bad behavior when you knew what you had done…getting an audience for your fake life was far more important.
“You can wear any mask you want, but the truth is out and everyone eventually knows who you really are.”
The offense took place in various locations in South Australia in 2019, before Burton became an aspiring TikTok star.
Before Burton’s arrest in 2022, she boasted 34,000 fans on the social media platform.
Her TikTok bio described her as ‘a proud trans woman living my best life with no regrets’.
The victim’s mother told the court that despite the family packing up and moving after she found out about the abuse, Burton continued to stalk them.
She said they stayed at a police safe house until Burton ‘turned up at the window, peeked in’, forcing them to move again.
She described Burton as a ‘monster’ who made her feel ‘sick to her stomach’.
‘Being homeless was extremely grueling, the worry was relentless but you were having the time of your life online,’ she said.
Her children told the court they were ‘terrified’ Burton would find them.
“I was happy before you broke the rules, I didn’t know what was going on at that point, I feel angry at you for doing the wrong thing to me,” her daughter said.
“I felt like a bird trapped in a cage, all I wanted was to be free…I’m still worried you’ll find me.”
Adelaide District Court heard Burton (pictured) repeatedly abused two children before stalking their family and driving them into homelessness
The girl’s brother said he had trouble sleeping at night because of chronic nightmares.
“I’m always worried that you’re going to show up somewhere, and it makes me feel terrified,” he said in his statement.
Their older brother, who was not abused by Burton, said he still suffered from the trauma his siblings endured.
He described the offense as ‘repulsive, vile and vile’.
Judge Rauf Soulio thanked the family for their statements and noted that it would be difficult to remember.
He remanded Burton in April for further sentencing.