Ex-police choir member jailed for sex with transsexual teen


A former South Australian police choir member has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for having a sexual relationship with a transsexual teenager.

Matthew Scott Barrowman, 38, had a five-month relationship with the transsexual 15-year-old boy in 2004.

He was later convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent assault.

Today Supreme Court Judge Michael David said that while Barrowman’s relationship with the sexually experienced teenager was consensual, it did not excuse the 20-year age gap between the pair.

He jailed the former musical director for two-and-a-half years but set a low non-parole period of nine months to reflect Barrowman’s previous good record and “outstanding personal contribution to the community.”