Transgender inmate charged with rape while in custody at a women’s facility

 A transgender-identifying male inmate has been transferred back to a men's prison after being charged with rape while in custody at a women's facility.

Tremaine "Tremayne" Deon Carroll, who constantly refers to himself by male pronouns but does not mention either his gender identity or his sexuality, was originally sentenced to 25 years to life under California's Three Strikes Law in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation(CDCR).

According to his criminal history, Carroll has been involved in organized crime since 1988 when he was 15. In 1990, he was convicted for his participation in an armed robbery that involved the kidnapping and sexual assault of two women. Despite being a minor, he was charged as an adult with three counts of kidnapping for ransom, two counts of robbery and three counts of oral copulation by force. And in 1998, he committed another violent felony while awaiting trial.

Throughout his incarceration in the CDCR, he filed numerous complaints alleging mistreatment, discrimination and sexual abuse by CDCR officials and staff, along with seeking to overturn his Three Strikes Law conviction. But during those years, Carroll also received over a dozen Rules Violation Reports, so none of his complaints worked.

However, when the California State Legislature's SB 132, or the Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act, took effect in January 2021, Carroll wasted no time using it.

SB 132 allows male inmates to be incarcerated in facilities that align with their gender identity without the need to be on hormones, undergo surgery, be diagnosed with gender dysphoria or possess legal documents to confirm their status as transgender. 

Carroll and male inmates like him were successfully able to get themselves transferred to women's incarceration facilities. In August 2021, Carroll got transferred to the Central California Women's Facility (CCWF). Following his transfer, he immediately started using his supposedly transgender identity to support his claims of victimhood.

Not long after Carroll was transferred to CCWF, Madera County court records show that in January 2024, he was charged with two counts of rape and one count of dissuading a witness. Following these charges, Carroll was moved back to Kern Valley State Prison, a male-only facility almost two hours away from CCWF. The transfer coincides with the filing of rape charges, indicating a potential reevaluation of housing policies regarding transgender inmates.

Carroll previously claimed: "I am not a threat to women"

In 2022, Carroll testified for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to intervene in the lawsuit filed by four female inmates who accused trans-identified males transferred to California's women's prisons of sexual abuse. The lawsuit, originally filed by the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) against the CDCR, challenges SB-132.

However, the ACLU filed an intervention against the lawsuit in May 2022 in Fresno District Court. In the filing, the ACLU argued that "males" and "females" do not exist as distinct classes defined by anatomy, genitalia, physical characteristics or physiology. The motion claims that human beings are not sexually dimorphic and that there are no inherent reproductive systems, hormones or chromosomes that differentiate males from females.

To support its claim, the ACLU collected sworn testimonies. One of those testimonies came from Carroll.

"I know what it feels like to live in fear and to carry the weight of the past abuse by men. But I am not a threat to women. I strongly believe that everyone here at CCWF would benefit from more structured interaction – opportunities to sit and talk with each other and realize that we're all in the same boat," Carroll swore at that time.

But obviously, his testimony was a proven falsehood.

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