VA transgender inmate granted trial for allegations of sexual abuse

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January 25, 2013

A transgender inmate's sexual abuse lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Corrections will go to trial. Ophelia De'lonta, the same inmate who's seeking sex change surgery - paid for by the state - also alleges a correctional officer at Buckingham Correctional Center sexually abused her. A U.S. District Court judge is now ordering a trial date be set. The correctional officer is identified in court documents as Sarah Pruitt, a female prison guard. I reached out to Pruitt's lawyer, A. Pierre Jackson, and was told attorney Jackson does not discuss pending litigation with the media. He may be willing to talk after the trial. Ophelia De'lonta sleeps in a gown, has breasts, wears makeup and is currently housed at Buckingham Correctional Center. She's been hospitalized numerous times, close to death, due to attempts to self castrate. She's alleged for years, a transgender woman in a men's prison makes her an easy target.