Hope Ann McKnight
Hope Ann McKnight (Courtesy: Facebook)

Salem, Oregon, US – A man who says he is a felon was seen on social media applauding the gender identity laws that have enabled him to seal his record.

The individual’s Facebook intro describes him as a “proud trans woman.”

 

William Donald Cullers celebrates name change to Hope Ann McKnight
Hope Ann McKnight, who admits that he is convicted felon William Donald Cullers, expresses excitement at attaining a legal name change.

 

On his Facebook page, the 46-year-old documents the process as he legally changes his name and swaps his recorded biological sex for a gender identity.

“It’s official it’s finally official yes,” the man exclaims in a Facebook post that is visible to the public.

 


Affixed to the post is a photograph of a legal form that shows the man’s request to change his name from William Donald Cullers to Hope Ann McKnight, and change his sex to female.

The form shows boxes that the court may check off to grant the petitioner’s request to have the record sealed.

An image of the man appears in the post alongside the photograph of the form.

William Donald Culler to Hope Ann McKnight - name change
Hope Ann McKnight proudly displayed his entries on a form that he says he used to change his name, the accurate sex designation, and seal the record that would enable the public to connect him to his felonious record. (Courtesy: Facebook)

Oregon law gives those who petition for a name and sex change the option of sealing the record, as shown here on the official form on the state’s website.

“This just happened my legal name is know (sic) Hope Ann McKnight and my sex is Female,” the man explained in a separate public post on the social media network. He continued,

And all my records are sealed
I am no longer a felon
Thankyou (sic) God
And the [Narcotics Anonymous] program

Hope Ann McKnight - Facebook Profile
On his profile, Hope Ann McKnight describes himself as a “proud Trans Woman,” and shows off pics of himself carousing with his trans, drag queen and genderqueer friends.
Hope Ann McKnight poses for the camera
Hope Ann McKnight poses for the camera (Courtesy: Facebook)

The man’s friends respond with “like” and “love” reactions, words of encouragement, inquiries about the legal process and advice as he chronicles his journey for public consumption.

 

Hope Ann McKnight - Oregon State ID
Hope Ann McKnight shows off an Oregon State ID with his new name. The last name appears to be missing a letter, though the happy new ID owner doesn’t seem to notice.

 

The man’s Hope Ann McKnight Facebook profile boasts many publicly visible photos of him cavorting at clubs and Transgender Pride events with his genderqueer, transgender and drag queen friends.

On a separate profile under the name of Bill Cullers, the same man discusses his struggles undergoing drug rehab for his addiction to various illegal or unprescribed drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and suboxone.

William Cullers says he was temporarily denied entry into a rehab program at De Paul Treatment Centers because he had heroin and suboxone in his system.
William Cullers says he was temporarily denied entry into a rehab program at De Paul Treatment Centers because he had heroin and suboxone in his system.
William Cullers speaks of his struggles to conquer an alcohol, meth and heroin addiction.
William Cullers speaks of his struggles to conquer an alcohol, meth and heroin addiction.

Records show that William Donald Cullers was last convicted of a felony in August 2017.

The Albany, Oregon police department issued a bench warrant for the arrest of William Donald Cullers as recently as February 2018.

The criminal record of Cullers stretches back sixteen years and spans two states.

Oregon Judicial Department records for the criminal history of William Donald Cullers
Oregon Judicial Department records for the criminal history of William Donald Cullers
Oregon Judicial Department records for the criminal history of William Donald Cullers
Oregon Judicial Department records for the criminal history of William Donald Cullers
The man's older Facebook profile under the name Bill Cullers.
The man’s older Facebook profile under the name Bill Cullers

 

UPDATED Friday, April 20, 2019 12:55 AM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

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Amarillo Arrest Records for Inmate WILLIAM DONALD CULLERS

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Booking #: 28035 United States Marshal
Facility: Booked: 08/02/2006 Released: 08/02/2006
Name CULLERS , WILLIAM DONALD Desc White Male 5ft 11in 148 lbs
Alias CULLERS, BILLY Hair Brown

Albany Arrest Records for Inmate WILLIAM DONALD CULLERS

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CULLERS, WILLIAM DONALD
Age: 45
Date Lodged: 2/3/2018
Arresting Agency: LINN COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is so important to expose, that criminals can do this. And should be stopped.

    Any records of his crimes, please? Can you tell us what offences he’s been convicted of under his original name?

    • Hello,
      There were already two links in the article, one of which shows his conviction for check fraud. The article has also just been updated with further information. We will continue updating as more information becomes available.

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