|For Immediate Release
Case # 09WF1805
November 27, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
SELF-APPOINTED PASTOR/BIBLE STUDY LEADER CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO YOUNG MALE RELATIVES
WESTMINSTER – A self-appointed pastor who hosted regular “church” meetings and Bible studies in his Westminster home was convicted today of sexually assaulting two young male relatives beginning when the victims were 12 years old. James Ray Guerrero, 54, Westminster, was found guilty by a jury of eight felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, one felony count of distributing pornography to a minor, and sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and lewd acts on more than one child. He faces a maximum sentence of 123 years to life in state prison at his sentencing Feb. 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in Department W-16, West Justice Center, Westminster.
John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 regularly attended Guerrero’s Bible study meetings in his Westminster home. Guerrero groomed the victims by frequently having the victims in his home and showing them pornographic movies.
Between January 2006 and December 2007, Guerrero sexually assaulted John Doe #1 on two occasions when the victim was 12 to 13 years old. The defendant invited John Doe #1 to his home and masturbated the victim.
Between late 2005 and early 2007, Guerrero molested John Doe #2 in his Westminster home on several occasions when the victim was 12 years old, including masturbation, sexual touching, and attempted sodomy.
Guerrero instructed both victims not to tell anyone about the assault.
In July 2009, John Doe #1, then-15 years old, disclosed to family members that he had been molested by Guerrero. The Westminster Police Department investigated this case and discovered the sexual assault against John Doe #2.
Deputy District Attorney Bobby Taghavi of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.