Thursday, December 25, 2008

Transsexual Quebec inmate sentenced to serve time in male prison

MONTREAL — A transsexual Quebec inmate who hasn't physically completed the transformation to a woman has created an incarceration quagmire for federal corrections officials after being transferred into a men's prison.

Tania Veilleux, 43, has been detained at the federal penitentiary in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines since mid-December when she was sentenced to 40 months in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl over a four-year period.

Veilleux had previously been held at the Tanguay prison for women in Montreal while awaiting sentencing, but other female inmates weren't comfortable with her presence there.

Veilleux was formerly known as Sylvain Veilleux, but the Registrar of Civil Status of Quebec has accepted her as a female. However, federal officials have classified her as a male.

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