Miguel Martinez (30) faced a court on Monday. He stands accused of raping a 10-year-old girl in a bathroom. Martinez identifies as a woman and goes by the name "Michelle." He is alleged to have "invited" the girl into a bathroom in her home on March 23 of this year. There he groped her breasts and genitals, and then proceeded to penetrate her.  

After the alleged assault, the victim reportedly told police officials that “it hurt inside” before breaking down in tears. Medical personnel at the Wyoming Medical Center conducted a rape exam on the girl and determined that she had sustained abrasions and redness on her genitals. 

Miguel Martinez in 2014

According to a report filed with the court, police found the transgender Martinez "extremely intoxicated" in Evansville - a Casper suburb. When questioned by police, Martinez accused the girl of "talking crap" and making up the accusations as a "publicity stunt." Police found Martinez passed out on a couch in the home. After having difficulty rousing him, police drove Martinez to the Casper Police Department for an interview.

Martinez was “noticeably hostile and defensive” when police asked him about the allegations. Martinez denied being a predator. He eventually refused to speak further to police. He was reportedly a "family friend." He has been charged with one count each of first-degree and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. If convicted, he may face up to 70 years in the slammer. He pleaded not guilty. 

This is not Martinez's first run-in with the law. In 2014, a male companion accused Martinez of beating him with an unknown metal object that may have been a broom handle. Responding to a complaint, police arrived at a camper that Martinez shared with a male companion. The man alleged Martinez had beat him and also broke a champagne glass against his chest. After finding him hiding out behind a nearby house, police charge Martinez with aggravated assault in the attack.

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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