OC Bible Study Leader Convicted Of Sexually Molesting 2 Young Male Relatives
WESTMINSTER (CBSLA.com) — A self-appointed pastor who hosted regular “church” meetings and Bible studies in his Westminster home was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting two young male relatives beginning when the victims were 12 years old, prosecutors said.
James Ray Guerrero, 54, 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.
Prosecutors say the victims regularly attended Guerrero’s Bible study meetings in his Westminster home, where Guerrero groomed the victims by showing them pornographic movies.
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, according to prosecutors.
Guerrero reportedly told the boys not to tell anyone what happened, according to prosecutors.
An investigation was launched after one of the boys told his family about the alleged molestations in July 2009, when he was 15, according to prosecutors.
Guerrero faces faces a maximum sentence of 123 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on Feb. 14.