UPDATE: Kristina Ross has already been behind bars for more than four months. When she is sentenced on April 21, she faces a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for her guilty pleas to two counts of misdemeanor battery.
Ross garnered national attention in November 2010 when she was accused of posing as a plastic surgeon and fondling women in Treasure Valley bars. Her original charges, practicing medicine without a license, could have landed her in state prison for up to 10 years.
Ross was pale and appeared tired when she entered the Ada County courtroom of Judge John Hawley Jr. this morning. Local television news cameras were present in the courtroom.
"I think the only reason news media was there was for a spectacle because I don't think what's going on really warrants any special publicity," human rights activist Emilie Jackson-Edney told Citydesk. Jackson-Edney said she believed if it were not for Ross being a transgender woman, the story would not have made the news.
Ross was arrested Nov. 17, 2010, and accused of presenting herself as a doctor and performing breast exams on two women in local nightclubs. During a November arraignment, prosecutor Ana Mamani said: "The most concerning facts here are that the defendant is not a doctor and that the defendant is a male touching a woman's breast under the guise of being a female."
Since her arrest, Ross has been in solitary confinement at the Ada County Jail. Prosecutors said Ross was in solitary due to her gender identity. The segregation of transgender inmates is a common practice in Idaho jails and prisons.
—-Original post, Wed, Mar 30 at 10:19 AM
Kristina Ross, the woman accused of posing as a plastic surgeon and fondling women in local bars, entered guilty pleas this morning to two counts of misdemeanor battery. When she is sentenced on April 21, Ross faces a sentence of up to a year behind bars and a $1,000 fine.
Ross continues to be held at the Ada County Jail, where she has been locked up on a $100,000 bond since November 17, 2010.
We'll have more details on Citydesk this afternoon.