ROCKLAND, Maine -- A judge ordered the state to pay for sex change treatments for a transsexual being held in Maine State Prison on a murder charge or release the suspect.
'If you're saying to me that the Department of Corrections cannot provide treatment ... then it seems to me there is a serious question as to whether the Department of Corrections can hold this person,' Knox County Superior Court Justice Donald Alexander told an assistant attorney general Wednesday.
Glen Robert Askeborn, a biological male also known as Samantha Glenner, has been denied female sex hormone treatments since his arrest last fall for the slaying of Amelia Cave, 51, of North Sullivan.
Alexander, acting on a request from defense attorneys, said he was not ordering the state to pay for the completion of the sex change, only for treatment through the conclusion of Askeborn's trial. The trial was expected to be scheduled for next month.
Assistant Attorney General Ann Catlin argued that the state was unable to find an expert competent in sex change treatments and accompanying psychological therapy.
'I can't believe there's no one in Maine competent to give a psychiatric evaluation,' Alexander told Catlin.
'I don't believe the prescription of hormones is outside the scope of doctors in Maine,' said defense attorney Tony Beasley.
Catlin argued that Askeborn 'has been without hormones since November' and is 'handling the depression adequately.'