Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kristina Ross Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge in Bar-Breast Exam Case

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

The woman accused of masquerading as a doctor in Treasure Valley bars has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of battery. She also agreed to a psychological evaluation.

Kristina Ross was arrested Nov, 17, 2010, for falsely representing herself as a plastic surgeon and performing breast exams on two women in local night clubs. Charged with two felony counts of practicing medicine without a license, Ross faced up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Appearing in court Wednesday for a change of plea, Ross sat quietly while Ada Country Prosecutor Jean Fisher told the court an agreement had been made. Ross will instead plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of battery and agreed to a court ordered psychological evaluation.

With charges dramatically reduced, Ross now faces up to a $2,000 fine and one year in Ada county jail, where she has already spent almost three months in solitary confinement on the women's side of the jail. Ross is in solitary confinement not because of her crime or her behavior but because she is transgender. Separation in such cases is a common practice in Idaho jails and prisons.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 30, when the results of the psychological evaluation will be taken into consideration. BW's calls to Ross' public defender David Simonaitis for comment were not returned.

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