“Cases involving sexual assault of young children pose significant barriers since they do not possess the language to describe the acts, may not understand that the abuse was wrong, and are susceptible to intimidation and manipulation by the offender. This verdict is attributable to the tremendous courage of the young victims and the willingness of caring adults to believe them,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement.
On Tuesday, January 28th, 36-year-old Arturo Macarro Gutierrez was convicted of four counts of criminal sexual conduct after an approximately four day trial.
In October 2018 one of the then four year old girls told her grandmother that "daddy" hurt her. At the time, Gutierrez was dating the girl's mother.
The woman took the girl to the Children's Hospital to be checked out and tests revealed that the child had gonorrhea.
SWAT executed a search warrant at Gutierrez' residence and extracted him from a hiding place in the attic. He denied that he had harmed the girl, but was charged nonetheless after tests revealed that he too, had gonorrhea.
Additional charges were filed after it was determined that the girl's twin sister also tested positive.
Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Dawn R. Bakst has stated that the prosecution intends to ask for a longer sentence than is customary under state sentencing guidelines due to the nature of the case.
Gutierrez is scheduled to be sentenced on April 1, 2020.