A trans-identified biological male in Kentucky who was charged with sexually abusing a baby will avoid prison time after reaching a plea deal.
Maria “Mark” Childers, a former daycare worker, was arrested and charged with one count of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse of a Victim Under 12 and three counts of 1st Degree Criminal Abuse of a Child Under 12.
According to Reduxx, Childers was arrested in February 2023 after an anonymous tip detailed allegations that he made inappropriate comments towards a baby while changing the child’s diaper and inappropriately touching the child.
“On January 29, 2024, Childers struck an apparent deal with prosecutors. In exchange for a guilty plea, his charge of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse of a Victim Under 12 was amended to Class A Misdemeanor Sexual Misconduct, and the remaining abuse charges were dropped,” Reduxx reports.
This is Mark Childers. He's a trans daycare worker in Kentucky who was arrested and charged with s*xually abusing a baby.
He allegedly s*xually abused a baby while changing the baby's diaper and made inappropriate comments to the infant.
He will not receive any jail time.… pic.twitter.com/YYwax1Wofu
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) February 7, 2024
Childers struck the plea deal after hiring a trans activist lawyer to represent him.
A trans-identified male in Kentucky will not be sent to prison despite pleading guilty to sexually abusing a baby while working at a daycare.
Maria Childers struck a plea deal after hiring a trans activist lawyer to represent him.https://t.co/TudybPfam6
— REDUXX (@ReduxxMag) February 7, 2024
According to witness testimony, a co-worker had asked Childers for assistance in changing an infant’s diaper. While Childers was cleaning the baby’s genitals, the co-worker noticed that the infant appeared to be in distress and asked Childers if he was hurting the baby. She then witnessed Childers rub the infant’s genitals in a “circular motion,” while saying “that was her clit area and she likes it. It just made her day.”
While Childers was reported to management at the Academy, he was only given a “write up.” Police later learned that Childers had also been accused by other co-workers of leaving the children in high chairs for “hours” without care.
After being taken to the police station for questioning, Childers initially claimed he had not changed the infant’s diaper at all. He later admitted to having done so after an officer presented him with evidence in the form of a text that he had sent to the daycare’s director confirming the baby’s diaper had been changed. He then tried to deny he had ever said anything inappropriate, but admitted he often said things that were “taken out of context.”
Childers was placed under arrest and charged with one count of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse of a Victim Under 12 and three counts of 1st Degree Criminal Abuse of a Child Under 12. He was then booked at the McCracken County Jail.
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 8, 2024
From The Post Millennial:
Childers, who first began identifying as a woman seven years ago, was represented by prominent trans activist lawyer Madison Leach.
Childers had been sentenced to 12 months in prison, but the judge postponed sentencing in favor of a 6-month conditional discharge. In addition to avoiding incarceration, the defendant may be able to clear his criminal record if he adheres to the conditions of the conditional discharge, per the outlet.
Childers was arrested in February 2023 after the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) received an anonymous tip that had accused Childers of inappropriately touching a baby while changing the baby’s diaper, and also making inappropriate comments to the infant during the act. The abuse occurred in November of 2022 at Explore Learning Academy.
Childers was accused of both sexual and physical abuse while employed at the daycare, according to court documents.