Reginald Cathanie Artis was 24 when he pleaded guilty in 1987 to one count of forcible sodomy of a 17-year-old boy. According to a news report at the time, the 1987 conviction came three years after Artis – he lettered in three sports at Great Bridge High School – was convicted of sexually battering a 16-year-old boy. He was sentenced to 13 months in jail in that case, but the entire sentence was suspended on the condition he stay out of trouble.
Virginia petitioned for a civil commitment based on likelihood of reoffending. Dr. Stephen C. Ganderson, a clinical psychologist, has diagnosed Artis with an unspecified personality disorder with narcissistic, avoidant and antisocial traits. The doctor believed the disorder makes it likely Artis will continue to engage in violent sexual acts.
Artis is a transgender woman now.