In a recent case, a former soldier from the Guam Army National Guard has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor. Christopher De Leon Guerrero, 31 years old, from Yigo, Guam, engaged in explicit conversations with an individual he believed to be a 13-year-old female. However, the supposed minor was actually an undercover law enforcement agent. Guerrero sent sexually explicit messages and made plans to meet with the minor, but was apprehended by federal law enforcement agents before any harm could be done. This case highlights the dangers that children face online and the importance of initiatives like Project Safe Childhood in protecting vulnerable individuals.
Former Guam Army National Guard Soldier Sentenced to 10 years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor
The sentencing of former Guam Army National Guard Soldier Christopher De Leon Guerrero to 10 years in federal prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor has brought attention to the issue of child safety on the internet. This case serves as a reminder of the dangers faced by children online and highlights the importance of initiatives such as Project Safe Childhood in protecting vulnerable individuals. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigation collaborated in the investigation and prosecution of Guerrero, demonstrating their commitment to child protection.
Guerrero, aged 31 and residing in Yigo, Guam, was found guilty of Attempted Enticement of a Minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2422(b) and 2. The guilty verdict was reached in November 2021, and Guerrero was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to serve five years of supervised release and pay a mandatory $200.00 special assessment fee.
Details of the Crime
The crime occurred between November 17, 2020, and November 20, 2020, when Guerrero engaged in conversations on the Whispr and Whatsapp applications with an individual he believed to be a 13-year-old female. However, the minor was actually an undercover law enforcement agent. Guerrero sent sexually explicit messages to entice the alleged minor to engage in sexual activity with him. He made plans to visit the minor’s house located on Andersen Air Force Base, with the belief that the minor would be home alone.
On November 20, 2020, Guerrero arrived at the house with food and a box of condoms. Federal law enforcement agents intercepted him and conducted a search of his vehicle, where they found the box of condoms and the cell phone he used to communicate with the undercover agent. Guerrero admitted to writing numerous sexual messages to the alleged minor and expressed readiness to engage in sexual activity with her, despite her age.
Importance of the Case
The case serves as a crucial reminder of the dangers that children face on the internet. Online predators actively seek out vulnerable individuals for their nefarious purposes. The successful prosecution of Guerrero demonstrates the effectiveness and importance of initiatives such as Project Safe Childhood in addressing this issue. The case also highlights the significance of collaboration among federal agencies in combatting crimes against children.
FBI’s Commitment to Child Protection
The FBI is a key player in the fight against crimes against children. The agency is dedicated to allocating resources and utilizing all available means to track, locate, and arrest individuals who seek to harm children. In collaboration with the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, the FBI plays a vital role in protecting children within communities.
Project Safe Childhood Initiative
Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at combating the sexual victimization of children, possession or receipt of child pornography, and failure to register as sex offenders. The initiative focuses on aggressively prosecuting offenders involved in such activities. By prioritizing the safety of children, Project Safe Childhood seeks to create a secure online environment for vulnerable individuals.
The investigation into Guerrero’s case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Air Force Office of Special Investigation. These agencies worked together to gather evidence and ensure a successful prosecution. Their collaboration showcases the level of commitment and dedication attached to safeguarding children from online predators.
Assistant United States Attorney April Owen played a crucial role in the prosecution of Christopher De Leon Guerrero. As an integral member of the prosecution team, Owen worked diligently to present the evidence and arguments that led to Guerrero’s guilty verdict and subsequent sentencing.
For further information about this case or to inquire about the initiatives discussed, please contact Carmela S. Rapadas, Public Affairs Officer, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To explore similar cases, access press releases, or learn more about the districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, visit the respective sections on the U.S. Department of Justice’s official website. These resources provide valuable insights into ongoing efforts to combat crimes against children and promote community safety.
In conclusion, the sentencing of Christopher De Leon Guerrero serves as a stern reminder of the dangers faced by children on the internet. Initiatives such as Project Safe Childhood and the commitment of federal agencies like the FBI and the Air Force Office of Special Investigation are instrumental in ensuring the safety of children and prosecuting offenders. By prioritizing child protection, we can create a safer online environment for vulnerable individuals and prevent future incidents of child exploitation.