By Ophelia Garrett
A Xenia County Judge ruled in favor of a transgender individual who was accused of committing indecent exposure to his fellow gym members in the locker.
Xenia Municipal Court documents originally reported three charges of indecent exposure against Darren “Rachel” Glines, who went by the name Darren prior to 2022. Witnesses claimed in these incidents that women, including some juveniles, saw a “naked man” in the female locker room with visible genitalia, reports the New York Post.
When they informed the YMCA’s front desk, they were informed that “no, this is actually a woman,” and that “you shouldn’t be disturbed by this.”
Judge David McNamee cleared Glines of wrongdoing, claiming that due to Glines’ obesity, nothing could be seen.
“There is no question that [Glines] was in the women’s locker room. However, [Glines] was not charged with trespass, nor was [Glines] charged with being in an area of the YMCA where [Glines] was not supposed to be,” McNamee wrote. “Quite simply, the facts do not exist to support a finding of guilt, as charges. Glines’ genitalia was not visible as a result of other portions of her body covering same.”
The attorneys also noted that the YMCA of Greater Dayton had previously given permission for Glines to enter the women’s locker room in all YMCA facilities in the area.
“Under no circumstance will we investigate an individual’s birth identity and then assign individuals to locker rooms. That would be counter to the law, counter to respect for all people and it is not who or what we are as an organization.” – YMCA statement