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Oklahoma inmate demands sex change, threatens suicide

April 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 18 (UPI) -- A convicted Oklahoma rapist said in a court filing he may kill himself if he does not receive a requested sex-change operation at state expense.

Ronny Darnell, imprisoned in 2005 for raping a 13-year-old girl, has repeatedly asked for sex-reassignment surgery, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported Thursday.

Referring to himself as a female in federal court documents, Darnell wrote in his filing, "Ms. Ronny Darnell has made a pact with herself that if at age 45 she had not achieved her goal of getting back on hormone therapy, she would consider her life hopeless and meaningless ... In the absence of becoming a female, she would not continue living as a male."

Darnell turns 45 on June 21, records show.

In addition to the $20,000 surgery, Darnell is demanding laser hair removal treatment, female hormones and counseling by a doctor who specializes in gender identity disorder, with which Darnell claims to be afflicted, the newspaper said.

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