Transgender woman convicted of sexually assaulting 10-year-old


Michelle Martinez - Natrona County Detention Center

(Michelle Martinez - Natrona County Detention Center)

A transgender woman who's been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a bathroom could face up to 70 years in jail.

Michelle Martinez, who used be known as Miguel before identifying as a female, was convicted of first and second degree sexual abuse of a minor on Wednesday.

The young girl told authorities that Martinez, who is from Casper, Wyoming, took her into a bathroom, touched her breasts and genitalia, and then penetrated her.

The victim told her mother about what happened with Martinez, who was a family friend. The poor girl started to cry as she told the police that "it hurt inside."

Martinez was found passed out and "extremely intoxicated" at home. She denied the sex assault charges and then got hostile and defensive when the police questioned her. 

She also told the police that the girl had been "talking crap" earlier in the day. Martinez said the girl was lying and accused her of a "publicity stunt" when the charges were first brought back in May.

During the trial, the prosecution played video of the victim describing the assault to a forensic interviewer. The girl told the interviewer that Martinez should go to jail.

Court documents show that Martinez was drunk on the night of the assault with a blood alcohol level of .218, nearly three times the legal limit to drive.

Click here for more at Casper Star Tribune.


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