Mason “Adree” Edmo. (Courtesy: Facebook)

Boise, Idaho, US – A man who sexually assaulted an adolescent child is being praised by mainstream media as a civil rights hero after he won a landmark lawsuit against the Idaho Department of Correction that is expected to make him the first inmate in the state and the second in the country to undergo gender-affirming surgery.

In 2011, Adree Edmo sexually abused a child, performing oral sex on a 15-year-old who had fallen asleep on the couch at a house party. He pleaded guilty to the crime of sexual abuse of a minor under 16.

Now aged 31, Mr. Edmo claims he “felt like a girl” from childhood when he played with Barbies, bonded closely with his sisters, and developed crushes on boys in grade school.

Child Sexual Offender’s Fight for Gender-Affirming Surgery That Will End His “Emotional Pain”

A prison psychiatrist and prison psychologist both determined that Mr. Edmo has gender dysphoria, a condition that causes him to identify as a woman despite being biologically male. Following the diagnosis, the Idaho Department of Correction provided Mr. Edmo with medical hormones that would gradually feminize his appearance.

The inmate styled his hair, and adorned himself with makeup and undergarments that he had modified to look feminine.

Not satisfied, Mr. Edmo made a series of suicide attempts starting in 2014, tried to castrate his own testicles in 2015 – successfully removing one, which the hospital reattached – and then became a routine self-cutter. He claimed that his “emotional pain” is too great, and will not end until the Idaho DOC provides him with the gender-affirming surgery he wants.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill
Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled in favor of Mason “Adree” Edmo, finding that the Idaho Department of Correction should not deprive convicted child sex abuser Edmo of taxpayer-funded, gender-affirming surgery. (Courtesy: KIFI: Local News 8)

Mr. Edmo sued the Idaho Department of Correction, demanding gender-affirming surgery. The presiding judge, B. Lynn Winmill, ruled in favor of the convicted child sexual predator.

If the judgment is not overturned on state appeal, Mr. Edmo will become Idaho’s first and the nation’s second inmate to receive gender-affirming surgery at taxpayers’ expense.

Taxpayers’ Outrage

Taxpayers who oppose the use of their money to reward an imprisoned criminal with expensive elective surgery are fighting back with an online petition on MoveOn.org. The petition, created by taxpayer David Jones, has already gathered well over 4,000 signatures, with more pouring in at press time.

Idaho taxpayer Micky Dunn wrote, “I [definitely] do not think the tax payers should have to pay for the surgery. Make him work & earn the money like everyone else does when they want or need something. It’s his own fault he’s in there. We are already paying for his food, room & board, etc.”

Mason "Adree" Edmo and Brady Summers
Brady Summers says his partner of two years, Mason “Adree” Edmo, terrorized him throughout their two-year partnership, subjecting him to beatings and forceful rape. (Courtesy: Brady Summers via KIFI: Local News 8)

Pattern of Abuse

Mr. Edmo, who was named Mason Edmo at birth, also has a record of intimate partner violence. “He would beat me on a constant basis,” Mr. Edmo’s male ex-partner, Brady Summers, tearfully recalled in an on-camera interview with KIFI: Local News 8.

“I had to keep my head low. I had to be careful what I said, careful what I did. And the final straw of me escaping that was him beating me with a frying pan.”

In addition to routine beatings, Mr. Summers claimed that his ex violently raped him. “He was a predator. He, on several occasions, had his way with me. It was brutal.”

“It’s not right that we as taxpayers have to be involved with this,” Mr. Summers added. “He never once thought about his victims, our emotional sanity.”

Mr. Edmo also has convictions for felony fraud and driving under the influence.

Many news outlets laud Mr. Edmo’s successful landmark lawsuit, with few naming the crime he is imprisoned for.

He is expected to be released from prison in July 2021.

Mason "Adree" Edmo
Mason “Adree” Edmo. (Credit: Idaho Department of Correction)

 

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State Ordered to Pay for Surgery for Transgender Prison Inmate from Pocatello Area

Idaho State Journal
A U.S. District Court judge Thursday ruled the Idaho Department of Correction and its contractor for health services must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender prisoner from the Pocatello area who has been asking for the procedure for years. That inmate could be only the second in the country to receive that treatment.

Victim of transgender inmate speaks out

LocalNews8.com
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Brady Summers dated Mason Edmo, now Adree Edmo, for two years. It was his first relationship since coming out. It did not end well. “He would beat me on a constant basis,” Summers said.

IDOC Offender Search Details

Idaho Department of Correction
MASON DEAN EDMO #94691 Mailing Address: IDAHO STATE CORRECTIONAL CENTER B BLOCK PO Box 70010 Boise, ID 83707 Status: Age: 31 Phone Number: 208-331-2760 Offense SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD UNDER 16 Sentencing County BANNOCK Case No. CR11-11293 Sentence Satisfaction Date 07/03/2021

Transgender inmate says surgery is life or death. Idaho officials say it’s more complex
Idaho Statesman
On a late afternoon in September 2015, a 27-year-old transgender inmate named Adree Edmo wrote a note in her cinder block prison cell in Idaho.

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