38-year-old Joseph Roman is being charged with predatory criminal sexual assault for repeated attacks that occurred from 2015 to January of this year, reports the Chicago Tribune.
According to prosecutors, Roman admitted to many of the attacks, but told police “he is a 9-year-old trapped in an adult’s body.”
Between August 2017 and December 2017, prosecutors claim Roman assaulted a girl, who was six when the attacks began, regularly in the middle of the night while everyone slept. The girl and her family had moved in with Roman temporarily.
Prosecutors also alleged Roman assaulted another girl, 8, in October 2016, whose family had also moved in with Roman for a 10-week period. The mother in that case worked night-shifts and Roman offered help with taking care of her children, the Tribune reports.
Roman is accused of assaulting a third girl, age 6, between January 2017 and this month.
“Trans-aged” refers to someone who identifies as an age different from the one aligning with their date of birth. A 52-year-old man made headlines in 2015 left his wife and kids to live as a transgender six-year-old girl named Stefonknee.
Roman was taken into custody and made a video admission Monday, prosecutors said. The charge against Roman is a Class X felony and he was denied bail at Wednesday’s hearing.