Printed on: September 10, 2008

Child rapist pleads guilty

A 38-year-old man admitted raping and impregnating a girl who was 9 at the time.

By SVEN BERG
sberg@postregister.com

ST. ANTHONY -- A St. Anthony man pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and impregnating his girlfriend's now 10-year-old daughter.

Guadalupe Gutierrez-Juarez, 38, entered the plea Tuesday as part of a deal with Fremont County prosecutors.

In exchange for pleading guilty to one felony count of rape, prosecutors dropped two other rape charges. Sentencing in the case is tentatively set for Oct. 28, though prosecutor Penny North-Shaul told 7th District Judge Brent Moss on Tuesday that she doubted a battery of court-ordered evaluations on Gutierrez-Juarez would be done in time.

In addition to a standard presentence investigation, Moss said he wants Gutierrez-Juarez to undergo psycho-sexual and mental health evaluations. Rape in Idaho is punishable by life in prison.

Gutierrez-Juarez and the victim's mother, Isabel Chasarez, were arrested earlier this year after the victim gave birth at Madison Memorial Hospital.

Chasarez pleaded guilty to felony injury to a child in August for failing to provide proper prenatal care for her daughter. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 30.

Gutierrez-Juarez's victim became pregnant at age 9, sometime in 2007 between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, according to testimony given by St. Anthony Police Sgt. Terry Harris at Chasarez's probable-cause hearing in May. Prosecutors also charged Gutierrez-Juarez with two other counts of rape, alleging he had sex with the victim at least two more times between November 2007 and January 2008.

The victim gave birth in April. The exact birth date and sex of the baby are unknown. North-Shaul declined to comment Tuesday on the physical condition of the victim or her child.

North-Shaul also declined to comment on specifics of Gutierrez-Juarez's case.