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A former military sniper has quit the U.S. army and moved to Britain where she lives as a woman with her lesbian lover.

Former-squaddie Charles Pontiero, 40, is saving up for sex-change surgery after settling down in Coventry, West Midlands, with girlfriend Maria.

After meeting student Maria, 29, online, Charles changed her name by deed poll to Alessia – and swapped a life in the army for a job as an actress.

The blonde claims that she’s finally decided to make the change and live openly as a woman
in the UK because it’s easier to change sex in Britain than the U.S.

Alessia, who has married three times and has two teenage children, said: ‘I always felt more like a girl than a boy, but I felt like I had to hide my female side when I was in the army.

‘I didn’t feel like I was really being myself.

‘My family have a military background, so it felt like it was always the thing that I was going to do – but it wasn’t right for me. – dailymail.co.uk


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