A Wyoming transgender was convicted on Thursday of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a bathroom, the Billings Gazette reports.
Michelle Martinez, known as Miguel Martinez before she identified as a female, now faces up to 70- years in prison after being found guilty of first and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
The paper reports that on March 23, the girl’s mother alerted authorities, stating that she believed the youngster was sexually assaulted.
The young girl claims that Martinez, who is a family friend, invited her into a bathroom and then touched her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her. A sexual assault examination of the child by Wyoming Medical Center revealed redness and abrasions around her genitalia. The girl told police that “it hurt inside”.
When first approached by police Martinez denied accusations of sexual assault and became extremely hostile and defensive, saying the girl was “talking crap.” She called the incident a “publicity stunt,” and pleaded not guilty to the initial charges in May.
The trial, which took place in Natrona County District Court, began Monday and featured a video of the little girl describing the incident to a forensic interviewer from the Children’s Advocacy Project. The video was taken March 24, a day after the incident occurred with details fresh in the girl’s mind. The little girl speaks nervously and quickly, and the interviewer asks a litany of follow-up questions.
Court documents show Martinez was drunk on the night of the assault, as breathalyzer results read that the transgender blew a .218, nearly three times the legal limit to drive.
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