Casper, WY – A transgender woman was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.
Michelle Martinez, who used to be known as Miguel Martinez before ‘identifying’ as a female, was found guilty of first-degree and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, according to Fox News.
The incident occurred on March 23, when Martinez, who is a family friend, invited the girl into a bathroom. Martinez reportedly touched her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her.
After she was attacked, the girl told her mother, who called the Casper Police Department, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.
When they arrived, the girl told them that Martinez had sexually assaulted her, and that “it hurt inside.”
She was taken to Wyoming Medical Center where a SANE nurse completed a sexual assault exam. A SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) is a specially-trained nurse who can perform sexual assault and sexual abuse exams.
The nurse found ‘redness and abrasions around the girl’s genitalia’, which was evidence that she had been sexually assaulted.
When detectives interviewed Martinez, Martinez became “noticeably hostile and defensive.” Martinez accused the girl of “talking crap,” and denied being “a child molester.”
Martinez also called the allegations “a publicity stunt,” and had pleaded not guilty to a 12-member jury.
During Martinez’s trial, prosecutors presented as evidence a video of the child being interviewed by a forensic interviewer for the Children’s Advocacy Project. The child described the sexual assault to the forensic interviewer, and said that Martinez should go to jail.
A forensic interviewer is a specially-trained person who interviews a child ‘to obtain information about an event that the child has experienced or witnessed’ that may be helpful in a criminal investigation.
Court records show that Martinez was drunk on the night of the assault. A breath test showed that Martinez was almost three times over the legal limit to drive.
The trial lasted three days and was held at the Natrona County District Court. After the trial, Martinez shouted “there is no evidence,” and that the incident was about LGBT people, according to K2 Radio.
The jury decided that the incident was actually about sexually assaulting a child.
Martinez is being held without bond, and could face up to 70 years in prison. Martinez’s sentencing is scheduled for a later date.
The bathroom where the child was assaulted was described as a residential bathroom, and would not have been subject to any transgender bathroom laws.