Charges dropped against Lynchburg transwoman arrested after assisting at-risk youth
A Lynchburg transwoman who was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor has had all charges dropped against her, according to a statement from her lawyer.
“This case has been continued for a number of months. After that period of time, the charge against Julianna Fialkowski will be dismissed,” read the statement posted on Fialkowski’s facebook page. “The Court has heard no evidence and has entered no finding against Ms. Fialkowski.”
According to Julianna Fialkowski (top image), 25, she was trying to help a 17-year-old transmale after he put out a cry for help on the social media. The youth claimed that he was self harming- adding that he was suicidal.
Fialiowski said that she was also led to believe that the youth was being forced out of his house.
Fialkowski, a transadvocate and a LGBTQ rights activist, made headlines in May 2014 after a Virginia Circuit Court Judge denied her a name change- reversing his decision after public outcry.
Fialkowski found the youth’s house through an internet search, and accompanied by a prayer chaplain from a local trans support group, went to the home to offer their assistance. After a dispute between the youth and his parents, the youth left the house, indicating to that his father had kicked him out and that he had permission to leave.
Fialiowski said that she and the prayer chaplain, Lindy Ramsey, took the youth to Ramsey’s home where he was offered a place to stay temporarily, an offer the pair claimed they had made the youth’s parents aware of.
In an email received by GayRVA shortly after the arrest, Ramsey wrote that at 1 AM the next morning the pair were met with a knock on the door from the youth’s father and police.
The youth left in the custody of his father who returned to retrieve his child’s belongings later that day. Ramsey said the interaction was civil, and she wished him a safe drive home.
Fialiowski, who often stays with Ramsey, said that Lynchburg police returned to ask her more questions and to provide further information which she claims she gave willingly.
She asked “if she had anything to worry about” and police assured her no.
However, police returned later with a warrant for her arrest charging her with contributing to the delinquency of a minor-a Class 1 misdemeanor.
She turned herself into the Lynchburg Police department later that night and said that she was misgendered by the magistrate who along with police and jail officials addressed her as “Sir” and “Mr. Fialkowski” throughout the process.
In a GoFundMe page, set up to help her with legal fees, Fialiowski, who had her gender legally changed a year and a half ago wrote she was strip-searched and made to expose herself in front of four male police officials who then threatened to send her to a male jail facility if she could not make the $2500 bail.
Fialkowski was able to make bail and is seeking legal counsel.
“I’ve never encountered an arrest, and I never imagined helping teens or others would come to something like this,” said Fialkowski adding “Several members of the the Lynchburg PD, and the magistrate specifically, were exceptionally discriminatory.”
In yesterday’s statement, Fialkowski’s lawyer said the two parties involved had agreed to dismissing the charges, and the trans-activist “believes that a trial could be divisive among the friends, community supporters and family members involved, which would be counter-productive to her continued commitment to and support of people struggling with gender identity issues.”
While we are all different, there are parts of our identities, our shared experiences, that make us all the same.September 21, 2016
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