Miguel Martinez

Miguel Martinez

A “transgender” is facing up to 70 years in prison after being found guilty of the bathroom sex assault of a Wyoming 10-year-old girl.

A 12-person jury last week found Miguel Martinez guilty of first-degree and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

The girl’s mother reported to Casper police last spring that her daughter said Martinez, described as a family acquaintance, sexually assaulted her in a bathroom – touching her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her.

Nurses at the Wyoming Medical Center completed a sexual assault exam and found redness and abrasions on the girl’s genitalia. Martinez denied molesting the child to arresting officers and pleaded not guilty to the charges in May at an arraignment in Natrona County District Court.

Martinez’s public defender, Tracy Hucke, said at a previous hearing that her client identifies as a woman and uses the name Michelle.

After the attack, the girl told police “it hurt inside.”

When police initially questioned Martinez about the assault, he became “noticeably hostile and defensive” and said the girl was “talking crap” before he denied being a child molester. Martinez also called the accusations a “publicity stunt.”

After the report of the assault, police found Martinez passed out on a couch, too drunk to even stand. When he finally came to, a police report says he became combative, hostile and defensive. A breath test showed he had a blood alcohol concentration of .218, nearly three times the legal limit to drive.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

During the trial, prosecutors played video of the girl describing the assault to a forensic interviewer for the Children’s Advocacy Project. The girl told the interviewer that Martinez should go to jail.

According to court documents, Martinez was drunk on the night of the assault and a breath test showed he had a blood alcohol concentration of .218, nearly three times the legal limit to drive.

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