Transgender on trial for sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl in bathroom

A Wyoming man who identifies as a woman faced a jury Monday as he went on trial to face charges of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a bathroom.

Miguel Martinez, who calls himself Michelle, according to his attorney, could face up to 70 years in prison, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

The young girl said Martinez touched her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her, the newspaper reported. The child was subjected to a sexual assault exam and nurses found redness and abrasions on the girl’s genitalia.

The alleged assault took place in the girl’s home when she came home from school, according to her testimony.

She said Martinez, who is a friend of the family, told her to “keep it a secret,” but the girl told her mother, who called police, according to KTWO Radio.

When the mother confronted Martinez, who pleaded not guilty, he said her daughter was lying and was “a little bitch,” K2 Radio reported.

The trial comes as the ACLU challenges the constitutionality of a proposed ballot initiative in neighboring Montana that would require transgender residents to use public bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth, according to the Billings Gazette.

“The ACLU and the plaintiffs argue the Locker Room Privacy Act would deprive transgender Montanans of equal protection under the law and violate their rights to privacy, dignity and due process,” the newspaper reported.

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