A pastor from Liberty Twp. who is facing child sex charges remains in detention without bond pending a federal trial, a U.S. magistrate ordered this week.
Cesar A. Guerrero, Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on one count of coercion and enticement. He was also arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz ordered that Guerrero, 41, who serves as pastor at Sharonville’s Misión Cristiana El Calvario, remain in detention without bond pending trial. He remains in custody at the Butler County Jail.
In the federal indictment handed down Wednesday, Guerrero is accused of using a “facility of interstate and foreign commerce, to knowingly persuade, induce , entice and coerce Minor Victim A, at the time a 17-year-old female.”
The court also granted a government motion to protect the alleged victim’s privacy during the court proceedings.
Guerrero, of the 6600 block of Wooden Shoe Court in Liberty Twp., was originally arrested and charged Aug. 8 on three felony counts of sexual battery in Hamilton County for the incidents that allegedly happened in late July and on Aug. 5, according to court records. He allegedly asked a teen to perform oral sex on him.
“He used this information to influence a juvenile into believing that the word of God said that she needed to be cleansed from being molested as a child,” a court affidavit states.
Guerrero arranged to meet the juvenile alone in the office of the church, according to the court documents filed in Hamilton County.
“Once there, he used Bible scriptures and prayers to cleanse her as she performed oral sex on him,” according to the affidavit. Guerrero is accused of vaginally penetrating the teen, saying that “God was telling him it was necessary.”
He later confessed when questioned by police, according to court documents.
A federal criminal complaint filed Aug. 9 was unsealed Aug. 14 accusing Guerrero on a charge of coercion and enticement of a minor female. The complaint, which detailed the interactions with two alleged victims, was unsealed in federal court when Guerrero made his initial appearance. He was transferred to federal custody and booked into the Butler County Jail later that day.
A spokesperson for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office said the state charges against Guerrero remain pending while the federal case against him proceeds.
A criminal complaint merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.