New charges in New Paltz sex abuse investigation
A new indictment handed up Thursday charges an active-duty Marine of sexual abuse, burglary and attempted burglary in a case involving SUNY New Paltz students who allegedly were assaulted in their apartments, according to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.
He was not indicted for rape despite initially being charged with the crime.
The superceding indictment against Lance Cpl. Kevin Guerrero, of New Windsor, charges the 20-yearold with felony sexual abuse, four felony counts of burglary and one felony count of attempted burglary for allegedly entering three off-campus student residences with intent to commit a crime and a with attempting to enter a fourth residence, the district attorney said. Guerrero also is accused of unlawfully entering a local business with intent to commit a crime inside and with subjecting a person to sexual contact in one of the residences while that person was asleep, according to a press release from the prosecutor’s office. Guerrero was arrested Sept. 7 by New Paltz police and charged with rape and burglary, both felonies. He was taken into custody at his place of employment, the Stewart Air National Guard Base in New Windsor.
At the time of his arrest, New Paltz police said detectives learned of two other incidents in which a man matching Guerrero’s description forced entry into nearby apartments.
All of the offenses are alleged to have occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 4 in the village of New Paltz, and all of the occupants were said to be asleep at the time.
Carnright said an earlier indictment was handed up “for the sole purpose of statutory deadlines for a person who is incarcerated” and that he expects Thursday’s indictment to conclude the grand jury investigation.
The first indictment also lacked a rape charged.
Sexual abuse, as opposed to rape, involves subjecting a person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion or when that person is incapable of consent, according to state law. Rape is intercourse without consent.