A pastor of a Sharonville church who was arrested last week on three sexual battery charges in Hamilton County was arraigned on a charge of coercion and enticement in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati today.
Cesar Agusto Guerrero, 41, of Liberty Twp., is accused with coercing a minor female in an Aug. 9 criminal complaint that details interactions with two alleged victims. The criminal complaint was unsealed Wednesday afternoon as Guerrero made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz.
Guerrero, who was being held under a $300,000 bond on the state charges in the Hamilton County Justice Center, was transferred to federal custody on Wednesday. A criminal complaint merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Sharonville police received several complaints on Aug. 7 regarding the pastor of Mision Cristiana el Calvario Church and a minor female victim.
Guerrero allegedly contacted the 17-year-old victim through the Facebook Messenger app and told the victim he had dreamt of her dressed in white and walking in a dark place. The victim told the pastor she had been sexually molested in Guatemala, according to the affidavit.
It is alleged Guerrero told the victim that God was speaking to him and the only way to get out of the dark place was for her to have sexual relations with Guerrero. The pastor allegedly referred to this as a “cleansing process.”
The affidavit details that Guerrero requested a nude video call with the victim as well as photos of her genitalia. He cited several biblical verses while making the request.
Further, it is alleged the victim met with the pastor at the Sharonville church on July 30. At that time, the pastor allegedly said he would “free her mouth” by having the victim perform oral sex on him. The pastor also allegedly raped the victim.
On Aug. 9, officials with the FBI and Sharonville Police received information from a second alleged victim. According to the affidavit, the second victim had been sexually assaulted by the pastor on more than one occasion, beginning when the victim was 14 years old.
Guerrero allegedly told the second victim to show him how she kissed her boyfriend before assaulting her and telling her if she was a child of God she would obey him.
Coercing a minor is a federal crime punishable by a mandatory minimum 10 years and up to life in prison.
Officials ask those who believe they are also victims in this case, or have relevant information related to Guerrero, to contact the FBI tip line at 513-979-8822.
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