Transgender woman attacked in Newport

A group of local community members, including Lincoln County Commissioner Claire Hall, gathered at the Lincoln County Courthouse on Thursday during closed court proceedings for a transgender woman who was attacked in Newport on Aug. 24. An Idaho man who was arrested in connection with the incident reportedly attacked the woman after being told by his wife the transgender woman harassed the attacker’s wife in the bathroom at Agate Beach State Park. (Photo by Madeline Shannon)

NEWPORT — A transgender woman was attacked Aug. 24 after using a women’s restroom at Agate Beach State Park in Newport. 

The accused attacker, Fred Joseph Costanza, 37, of Blackfoot, Idaho, was reported in a probable cause affidavit to have repeatedly punched the transgender woman in the face, leaving the woman bleeding.

Costanza was arrested two days later by the Newport Police Department and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of assault in the second degree, menacing, disorderly conduct in the second degree and harassment. His bail was set at $140,000. 

According to a gofundme.com page set up for the victim by a supporter, Costanza’s wife shared the women’s restroom with the victim, and then came out to complain to her husband about being harassed by a man in the women’s bathroom, which reportedly prompted the attack.

The victim was hospitalized at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and was told by doctors there she needs several facial reconstructive surgeries after the attack. She also has several skull fractures from the attack, according to the gofundme.com page.

After being released from OHSU, the victim will testify in court against Costanza. A closed grand jury proceeding was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Thursday. 

According to the Newport Police Department report of the attack, Costanza is unemployed, a multi-state offender and was previously arrested for failure to appear in another case. He was also drunk at the time of his arrest.

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