Jesse Earl Stover was found guilty by a jury of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor based upon evidence that he had sexually molested a male child.
Stover’s girlfriend was taking care of the six-year-old victim, J.S., and his brothers. Stover’s girlfriend took the children to Stover’s trailer to bathe because their own house had no hot water. When his girlfriend left for a brief period, Stover led J.S. into a bedroom, closed the door, and kissed J.S. on the lips and placed his mouth on the child’s penis. When Stover’s girlfriend returned, she observed J.S. in the bedroom with Stover but did not see any inappropriate conduct. She described the child as acting differently upon her return, but J.S. did not mention the molestation to her.
Shortly after the event, J.S. told his eight-year-old brother what had happened. Later that evening, Danny Cram, a friend of J.S.’s family affectionately known by the children as “Uncle Shaggy,” arrived to check on the children. After J.S. was put to bed, he asked to speak to Cram. At that point, J.S. told Cram that Stover “put his mouth on my peter.” Cram notified the police, and Stover was arrested for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under sixteen.
Stover now identifies as a Woman named Jessika Ellen Stover, and he wants “medically necessary training bras and underwear” because of his identification as a Woman and his breast growth (which is occurring because of the hormones the State is paying for). The court rejected his claim.
Stover did prevail on his religious freedom claims.