About 15 years after a man allegedly sexually abused a young girl, he has been officially convicted of sex assault on a child and now could face life in prison for this crime. According to court documents associated with the case, the man – 48-year-old James Guerrero – had been accused of five counts of sexual assault on a child for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl in Castle Rock from about 1998 through about 2004. Although the nature of the relationship between Guerrero and his accuser was not specified (e.g., whether Guerrero was a relative of the girl, a teacher for the girl, etc.), it was clear that the girl had not reported this sexual abuse until years later when she was 26 years old.
Currently, Guerrero remains in custody and will be officially sentenced for these crimes in October 2013. While he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison, if the judge decides to sentence Guerrero to the maximum possible sentence for his conviction, he could be in prison for life. Some of the factors that could lead the judge to levy the maximum possible sentence against Guerrero may include:
- Whether Guerrero has a criminal record with prior sex crimes convictions
- Whether Guerrero held a position of trust in the community (such as if he was a priest, teacher, doctor or counselor)
- The victim’s statements during the sentencing phase
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of sex crimes, particularly those involving victims who are underage, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life (especially if that individual has children or works in a professional that deals with children). If you or a loved one has been accused of any white collar crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.