But the judge said the problems were 'no excuse' for her actions and said she had shown 'no remorse' by denying the accusations.
He added: 'You say in a letter you have no bad feeling to the victim whatsoever and 'wish her nothing but happiness' end quote.
Newland denied concealing her true identity and claimed both women were gay and struggling with their sexuality when they met and had sex, with her as Kye, during role-play.
A jury at the court last month found Newland, from Willaston in Cheshire, guilty of committing sexual assault by using a £20 prosthetic penis without her blindfolded victim's consent, following a retrial.
Judge Stockdale added the sexual assault was a 'subtle, cunning and disturbing' plan by Newland.
Judge Stockdale said the complainant’s evidence in court made clear her humiliation, sense of shame and degradation and highlighted the deeply damaging and long-lasting trauma she had suffered.
Judge David Stockdale QC, sentencing, said: 'This was very serious sexual offending committed by means of a planned and sustained deceit which has caused significant harm and distress to the victim.'The court heard Newland had written a letter to her victim, wishing her 'nothing but happiness' in the future.
Newland continued to audibly cry as she was led to the cells while her family blew kisses at her from the public gallery.
She created a fictional Facebook profile, pretending to be a half-Filipino half-Latino man called Kye Fortune, using an American man's photographs and videos.
She spent 'hundreds' of hours talking on the telephone to her friend as Kye, telling her 'emotionally vulnerable' victim 'he' was undergoing treatment for cancer and was paranoid about his physical appearance.