Toronto, Ontario – Patrick Pearsall is a 53-year-old man who currently identifies as transgender and goes by the name Tara. Patrick sexually assaulted a woman in 2008 and a female teenager in 2015 by pretending to be a medical professional who was trained to perform gynecological exams on pregnant women. Patrick was convicted of the two sexual assaults in 2017, and sentenced to ten years in prison. He was convicted in Halifax on a previous charge of sexual assault on a girl.
The woman Patrick assaulted in 2008 had temporarily moved in with Patrick and his wife after fleeing from an abusive boyfriend. She was pregnant and had been experiencing bleeding before consenting to allow Patrick to perform on her what she believed would be a routine medical pregnancy exam. When Patrick told the woman that she could end the miscarriage by having sex with him, she got suspicious and fled.
Following the rapes, Patrick began consuming synthetic hormones and wearing a long, dark wig. The convicted rapist is requesting to be provided with gender-affirmation surgery and to serve out his sentence in a prison for women.