Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rialto man convicted of lewd acts with a child

 Jorge Gutierrez Jr. (Booking Photo)

A jury convicted Jorge Gutierrez Jr., 24, of Rialto on May 21 of four counts of sodomy with a child 10 years of age or younger and three counts of lewd act upon a child.

The victims were two boys aged 7 and 10 at the time of the crimes. Gutierrez, an Air Force reservist, molested the boys over a five-year period from 2008 to 2013. He had befriended the family and at times lived in their Montclair home, including periods of time when he was home on leave from active duty in the Air Force.

The boys, now aged 13 and 15, testified that Gutierrez convinced them that the sex acts were “an expensive massage” and that they were fortunate to get the massage for free. They were told not to tell because Gutierrez could get in trouble for giving away the massages for free.

The younger victim disclosed the molestations after Gutierrez moved into his own apartment and got into a disagreement with the boys’ mother, who told him not to come around the family any more. The victim finally felt safe enough to tell his mother. His older brother denied at first that he had been molested, but admitted the next day that Gutierrez had done similar things to him.

According to Deputy District Attorney Karen Schmauss, who prosecuted the case, Gutierrez was arrested by Det. Michael Zerr of the Montclair Police Department after being caught in several lies during an interview at the police station.

“There were indications that Gutierrez, a sexual predator, was grooming other boys in the extended family for molestation,” said Schmauss. “He will fortunately no longer be able to victimize children.”

The trial lasted a month before Judge Stanford E. Reichert. The jury deadlocked on three other counts which were dismissed. Sentencing is scheduled June 18 in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court. Gutierrez faces 145 years to life in state prison.

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