The problems of allowing a transgender man to use the girls bathroom are basically the numerous implications that could arise, considering that this could open a very dangerous situation. Lamentably, the worst case scenario became a disturbing reality a couple of months ago when a Wyoming man who identifies as a transgender woman sexually assaulted a 10-year old girl.
According to some media outlets, the trial for the suspect Miguel Martinez –who goes by the name Michelle- began on Monday. The transgender man allegedly invited the young girl into the bathroom with him where he allegedly fondled the girl’s genitalia and breasts before penetrating her.
In one of the most horrible moments a police officer could face, the girl told authorities that “it hurt inside” soon before starting to cry. It was the darkest scene of a situation that should never have taken place in the girl’s life. However, the unspeakable hell the little girl went through didn’t stop there.
Soon after this moment, nurses at a nearby medical center completed the sexual assault exam and found redness and abrasions on the victim’s genitalia. According to psychologists, this is one of the most traumatic moments a rape victim experiences after the attack.
As reported by local media, Martinez was a family friend of the 10-year-old girl, which according to authorities perfectly fits the pattern of these kinds of cases. Far from admitting the crime, the transgender woman told authorities that the little girl had been “talking crap” and dismissed the accusations as nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Apparently, Martinez faces charges of one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Local reports informed people that the trial is expected to last four days.
In a video footage shown Tuesday to jurors during the second day of Martinez’s trial, a forensic interviewer for the Children’s Advocacy Project asked the little girl what should happen to the man. Far from hesitating, the girl said Martinez should go to prison.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, held in Natrona County District Court, defense attorney Dylan Rosalez implied this interview had included leading questions and even suggested that the interviewer had not done enough about alleged drug use in the little girl’s home.
Her mother reported the assault back in March. The footage shown Tuesday was dated March 24, a day after authorities were notified of the assault. In that video, the girl responded several questions that served to establish rapport before revealing her horrible story.
As she hurried through her retelling of events, the interviewer frequently asked follow-up questions, which authorities described as the normal procedure. In one moment, the little girl told them from beneath a pink blanket that after the suspect assaulted her in the bathroom she ran downstairs and told her mother what happened. The girl said her mother later fought Martinez in a parking lot while she hid in a closet.
While the video was played, the suspect sat watching with something between a scowl and a frown on his face. After a 15-minute recess, District Attorney Michael Blonigen decided to ask about the little girl’s body language and her constant use of the phrase “I don’t know.” The interviewer said that this phrase was often used as nothing more than a technique to avoid answering the most uncomfortable questions about everything that happened.
Under cross-examination, the forensic interviewer told the defense attorney that the girl had gone into the interview with as little information as possible and tried to avoid leading questions. While Martinez claimed this was nothing more than a huge lie, the horrible injuries that nurses found after the sexual assault exam were quite conclusive.
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Back in May, Martinez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on both counts in the Natrona County District Court. According to the court documents, the transgender man was heavily drunk on the night of the sexual assault and a breath test registered a result of .218, which represents nearly three times the legal limit to drive.
The documents also revealed that police officers found him passed out on a couch in a home in Evansville. He was extremely intoxicated and hard to wake up. Officers drove him to the Casper Police Department for an interview, where he became quite hostile and defensive when a detective began asking about the little girl’s allegations.
If found guilty, he could face up to 70 years in prison.