TikTok star Rachel Queen Burton pleads guilty to child abuse offences

By Olivia Day For Daily Mail Australia

09:33 06 Feb 2024, updated 13:34 06 Feb 2024

A TikTok star amassed thousands of followers claiming to be a ‘proud trans woman‘ – but she was really a paedophile using 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 to homelessness, the District Court in Adelaide heard.

Burton then ‘donned a mask’, her victims say, and transitioned to life as a woman. 

She pleaded guilty to aggravated counts of producing and possessing child exploitation material, gross indecency and indecent assault. 

Harrowing victim impact statements from Burton’s two victims, a boy and a girl, their older sibling 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 impacts of the abuse, The Advertiser reported. 

Transgender TikTok star Rachel Queen Burton, 44, was arrested and charged with child abuse and exploitation offences in October 2022

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‘You are a gross, phony, self-indulgent thing who has cheated my children out of so much, and took it away from them without care,’ the mother read out. 

‘In your online rants, you showed no remorse for your bad behaviour, all while knowing what you had done… getting an audience for your false life was far more important.

‘You can wear any mask you like, but the truth is out and everybody knows who you really are, finally.’

The offending occurred at various locations in regional 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 had been staying at a police safe house until Burton ‘showed up at the window, peering in’, forcing them to move again. 

She described Burton as a ‘monster’ who made her feel ‘sick to her stomach’. 

‘Being homeless was extremely gruelling, the worrying was relentless, but you were online having the time of your life,’ 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 the time, 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 still worry that you will find me.’

Burton in an image she posted online of herself before her transition
Adelaide District Court heard that Burton (pictured) repeatedly abused two children before stalking their family and driving them to homelessness

The girl’s brother said he struggled to sleep at night due to chronic nightmares. 

‘I’m always worried you are going to turn up somewhere, and this makes me feel terrified,’ he said in his statement. 

Their older brother, who was not abused by Burton, said he still suffered as a result of the trauma endured by his siblings. 

He described the offending as ‘repulsive, filthy and vile’. 

Judge Rauf Soulio thanked the family for their statements and noted that it would have been difficult to recall. 

He remanded Burton in custody for further sentencing submissions in April.  

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