Joseph Roman is fighting on the front lines of progressives’ war against gender and age discrimination.

The 38-year-old from Chicago faces criminal sexual assault charges for alleged attacks on three girls between the ages of six and eight, but prosecutors contend Roman confessed to the crimes because “he is a 9-year-old trapped in an adult’s body,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

Roman reportedly made the admission on video Monday, the same day Chicago Police arrested him for the Class X felony.

At Roman’s hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors said the attacks involved three girls from different families who stayed with Roman for extended periods between 2015 and 2018, though it’s unclear why.

Roman’s first victim was six years old when her family first moved into his home in August 2015, and he allegedly assaulted the girl while family members were sleeping, abuse that continued through December 2017.

Roman is also accused of assaulting an 8-year-old girl while her family stayed with him in October 2016. Roman allegedly attacked the girl – including once while her younger siblings watched a video in the same room – while he looked after the kids during their mother’s night shift, the Tribune reports.

Another 6-year-old girl said Roman assaulted her while she stayed in his home between January 2017 and January 2018.

The families of two of Roman’s alleged victims confronted him after the most recent attack, on Jan. 6, according to the news site.

The Washington Times reports Roman attempted to rationalize his actions at a hearing on Wednesday before a Cook County judge by alleging he’s mentally a child, but the rationale apparently didn’t fly.

The judge ordered Roman held without bail.

“Convictions for Class X felonies usually result in prison sentences between six and 30 years, although extended terms can reach up to sixty years. Probation is also prohibited,” the Times reports.

Some progressive folks will undoubtedly sympathize with Roman’s plight, as he’s only the latest to stand up for the rights of grown adults to molest children or pretend they are one.

Stefonknee Wolscht, a 52-year-old man from Toronto, ended his marriage and ditched his seven kids to fulfill his true identity as a six-year-old girl, the Daily Mail reports.

He now lives with an “adoptive mommy and daddy” and dresses in children’s clothing, while he plays with his adoptive parents’ grandchildren.

“I can’t deny I was married. I can’t deny I have children,” Wolscht said in a video produced by The Transgender Project. “But I’ve moved forward now and I’ve gone back to being a child. I don’t want to be an adult right now.”

The pedophile advocacy group known as NAMbLA – the North American Man/Boy Love Association – is also working to end “the extreme oppression of men and boys in mutually consensual relationships” as part of a broader effort to normalize deviant sexual behavior.