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

Boise Weekly City Desk Jody May-Chang

By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com Feb. 10, 2011

Kristina RossThe 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.

Who is Kristina Ross? Exclusive interview with woman charged with barroom breast exams

By Jody May-Chang
News Feature: originally published on BoiseWeekly.com Jan. 12, 2011

Kristina RossOn Jan. 12, Kristina Ross, (left) who is accused of posing as a plastic surgeon and fondling women in local bars, is scheduled to enter a plea in Ada County Court. Before the hearing, during two visits to the Ada County Jail where she is held in protective custody on a $100,000 bond, Ross spoke exclusively to BW. She said the only thing she is guilty of is being a “bull shitter.”

Ross was arrested Nov. 17, 2010, and charged with two felony counts of practicing medicine without a license. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

“I did not ever think you could get thrown in jail for lying in a bar,” said Ross. “Guys told me all the time they were doctors or police and they lied. I was just playing the game.” Continue reading

Transgender Community: Prosecutor’s Comments Were Out of Line

Boise Weekly City Desk Jody May-Chang

By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com Nov. 23, 2010

Idaho’s transgender community expressed outrage over a prosecutor’s comments in the case of a transgender accused of practicing medicine without a license. The remarks by Ada country prosecutor, Ana Mamani were made Nov. 17 during the arraignment of Kristina Ross.

Kristina Ross

Kristrina Ross (Boise Police Dept. Photo)

Ross, 37, is accused of representing herself as a doctor and performed breast exams on two women in local night clubs.

Ross also happens to be a transgender woman. How her gender identity was portrayed in court, and subsequently by local media, is what has the trans-community upset.

Mamani stated in court, “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.”

“As a lesbian who is legally and physically female, but with a male history, this certainly worries me,” Jennifer Smith told Citydesk. “Given that the charge is practicing medicine without a license, I don’t see how Ms. Ross’s gender has any bearing. The issue is whether her actions constituted practicing medicine.”

Smith adds, “Since many of us conduct regular breast exams on ourselves without our physicians considering us to be unqualified to do so, the charge seems a bit of a stretch.

Transgender educator and human rights activist, Emilie Jackson-Edney said, “The manner in which [Mamani] made that statement was like looking me straight in the face, calling me an impostor, and saying, ‘You sick pervert!’ Kristina Ross identifies as a woman. She isn’t pretending to be a woman.” Continue reading