Casper, Wyoming, USA: Transgender Wyoming woman, Michelle Martinez, whose male name was Miguel Martinez before identifying as female, has been found guilty by a jury at the Natrona County District Court, of first-degree and second-degree s***al abuse of a a 10-year-old girl inside a bathroom. Martinez faces up to 70 years in prison. The jury reached a guilty verdict on Wednesday following the trial which began on monday.
Martinez’s public defender, Tracy Hucke, told the court at a previous hearing that her client identifies as a woman and uses the name Michelle.
Martinez, who is a family friend, invited the girl into the bathroom of a home on March 23, and touched her br***ts and g**italia before penetrating her. The girl told her mother immediately after the assault, who then reported it to Casper Police.
After the attack, the girl told police “it hurt inside,” according to the Tribune.
Nurses at the Wyoming Medical Center performed a s***al assault exam on the minor and found redness and abrasions around the girl’s g**italia.
When police initially questioned Martinez about the assault, she became “noticeably hostile and defensive” and said the girl was “talking crap” before denying being a child molester. Martinez also called the accusations a “publicity stunt,” the Tribune reported.
Martinez denied molesting the child to arresting officers and pleaded not guilty to the charges in May at an arraignment in Natrona County District Court.