Kevin Guerrero, 20, was sentenced today to 15 years in state prison for burglary and sexual abuse charges stemming from an incident last fall in which Guerrero entered the apartment of a SUNY New Paltz student with the intent to commit a crime and subjected a student to sexual contact while she was physically helpless (asleep, in this case).
All offenses are alleged to have occurred in the early morning hours of September 4, 2016 in the Village of New Paltz. Guerrero was arrested on September 7 following an investigation by the New Paltz Police Department and pled guilty March 31, 2017.
“It is especially disheartening when a member of the military who has endeavored to protect all of us, breaks the law,” said
District Attorney Holley Carnright. “Lance Corporal Guerrero’s actions in the early morning hours of September 4, 2016 are abhorrent and cannot be excused even by his service to this country.” Carnright also lauded the New Paltz Police Department for their swift and tireless investigation which identified and located the defendant in a very short period of time.
Guerrero will have to register under the New York State Sexual Offender Registration Act.
Special Victims Bureau, Chief Katherine R. Van Loan, handled the case for the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office. The defendant is represented by Mariann Connolly of the Ulster County Public Defender’s Office.