Affidavit: Man removed transgender woman's testicles in Denver apartment

Posted at 6:09 PM, May 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-21 12:50:08-04

DENVER (AP) — A Denver man without a medical license was arrested after he allegedly used an Army surgical kit to castrate a transgender woman at her Denver apartment earlier this week, according to a police affidavit obtained by Denver7.

The affidavit states James Lowell Pennington, 57, removed the testicles and sutured the opening while the woman’s wife witnessed the 90-minute procedure on May 17.

The wife called 911 about three hours later when "a large amount of blood" poured from the incision, police records show.

The affidavit states the testicles could not have been reattached because of the lag between the procedure and the 911 call.

Pennington was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first degree assault causing serious bodily injury and is jailed without bond.

Pennington, a pilot for ExpressJet Airlines, was placed on administrative leave, according to Bobbie Battista, the director of corporate communications and media for the airline.

"As it is now a legal matter, we will have no further comment," Battista said in a statement sent to Denver7. 

It was unclear whether Pennington has a lawyer. No one answered the jail telephone Saturday.

A phone number listed for Pennington rang unanswered.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.