Transgender woman convicted of sexually assaulting girl
A transgender woman in Wyoming has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl inside the bathroom of a local home — and now faces up to 70 years in prison.
Miguel Martinez — who identifies as a woman and uses the name Michelle, according to her public defender — was found guilty of first-degree and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor by a 12-person jury Wednesday. She now faces up to 70 years in prison, the Billings Gazette reports.
In March, the mother of the 10-year-old victim told police in Casper that Martinez, described to authorities as a family friend, sexually assaulted her in the residential bathroom. A sexual assault exam was later completed and nurses found redness and abrasions on the girl’s genitalia.
The girl described the abuse in video footage shown Tuesday to jurors, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. She told police that Martinez asked her to come into a bathroom with her before touching her breasts and genitalia and penetrating her.
“It hurt inside,” she told an officer, adding that Martinez should go to jail.
After the assault, the girl told police she ran downstairs and told her mother, who later fought Martinez in a parking lot as the girl cowered in a closet, she said.
Martinez, who pleaded not guilty to both counts Wednesday in Natrona County District Court, was later arrested while extremely intoxicated on a couch in a home in Evansville. She was then taken to the Casper Police Department, where she became “noticeably hostile and defensive” as investigators questioned her on the girl’s allegations.
Martinez accused the girl of “talking crap” and denied molesting her before characterizing the allegations as a “publicity stunt” and shutting down the interview with police, the Casper Star Tribune reports. She was found guilty after a four-day trial and will be sentenced at a later date, the newspaper reports.
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