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Last November 22, the National Review reported that Princess Zoee Marie Andromeda Love, who went by the name Hobby Bingham, had sex with Heather Lee Ann Trent, her cellmate at Washington state’s only women’s prison.
Ann Trent, according to the report, is a mentally disabled woman who was “technically raped” by Andromeda Love, because sex is not allowed at the Washington Women’s Correctional Facility. The aggravating factor, in this case, is Andromeda Love’s alleged manipulation of Ann Trent to take sexual advantage of her.
The information was provided by former women’s prison guard Scott Fleming, who told National Review that men in prison are taking advantage of Washington state laws by requesting transfers to women’s prisons by claiming they identify as women.
The Women’s Correctional Center says the cases for transferring men “identifying as women” must be convincing. However, in practice this is not the case, Fleming explained.
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“The only prerequisite is that the men must identify as female. They aren’t required to have had reassignment surgery, don’t need to be in the process of transitioning, nor do they have to be on a hormone regimen. The only requirement is that they must proclaim to identify as a woman,” the former guard told National Review, who was recently fired for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fleming denounced that, in his opinion, the case of Andromeda Love and Ann Trent was “a predator/victim interaction, post-assault” and not “two inmates in love, after having consensual intercourse.” In addition, the former guard commented that, once out of prison, Andromeda Love cut her hair and went back to calling herself a man.
Did the Washington women’s prison hide the case?
According to Fleming himself, the case was covered up and buried by the prison just as the prison received a lawsuit from a trans rights group. A female officer at the women’s prison, who stopped the relationship, had issued a ticket that she saved to her hard drive and was subsequently deleted from her work computer.
According to Fleming, “prison staff effectively covered up the alleged rape by not administering a rape kit or filing an incident report to document the event, Fleming says,” reads Caroline Downey’s report.
Andromeda Love was not the only “female-identified” inmate transferred to the women’s prison during Fleming’s service. Five others, including Donna Perry, formerly known as Douglas Perry, also received their transfers.
Perry, according to the story, was found guilty of the murder of three sex workers. “Before being charged, Perry reportedly traveled to Thailand to undergo gender-reassignment surgery. Prosecutors argued in court that Perry had the procedures done to avoid suspicion for the murders he committed,” the article reads.
Washington state’s Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, was the one who approved the policy allowing female-identified inmates to be transferred to the formerly female-only prison. According to Flaming, the state of Washington is primarily responsible for putting the integrity of women prisoners at risk.
“Washington state is at fault. It left these loopholes open, and the transfers were smart enough to figure it out. They’re taking advantage of the situation the state of Washington created,” she told National Review.
These types of inclusivity policies are already beginning to raise concerns for women’s rights advocates. For example, Kara Dansky, president of the American chapter of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign, told National Review that these policies —which are being implemented in California and Washington— are a scandal and blatantly violate “international human-rights norms.”
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.
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