James Guerrero, 48, was convicted July 12 of five counts of sexual assault on a child (pattern of abuse) for crimes that started in 1998 when the female victim was age 12 and that continued for six years through 2004, according to a Douglas County district attorney’s news release.
The victim didn’t disclose the abuse, which occurred in Castle Rock, until 15 years after it started, when she was 26 years old.
Guerrero faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in the Colorado Department of Corrections and will be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 3 in Castle Rock.
“Here, justice may have been delayed, but it was not denied. In our community it is never too late to hold someone accountable for heinous acts like these,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “This courageous victim stood up 16 years later and testified against a man who had ruined her childhood by subjecting her to multiple episodes of abuse.
“I urge any victim that has experienced a sex assault of this nature to come forward and contact law enforcement as this brave woman did.”
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Gallo, who prosecuted the case, said that “the sensitivity and support of the Castle Rock Police Department was an important element of this prosecution. The victim was extremely grateful to be heard, respected and vindicated. Her bravery was commendable during the investigation and in facing her attacker in the courtroom.”
Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley said his department’s investigations division “works diligently with the 18th Judicial District to bring criminals to justice, no matter how much time has passed. Our priorities are justice for the victim and the safety of our community.”