New charges in New Paltz sex abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­ dianeatfree­man on Twit­ter

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.


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