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Westminster man is accused of molesting 2 young male relatives

Prosecutors say he would invite them to his home for Bible study meetings, but allegedly showed pornographic movies and sexually abused them starting when they were both age 11.

September 11, 2009|Robert J. Lopez

A Westminster man who held Bible study meetings in his home is expected to be arraigned today on suspicion of sexually assaulting two male relatives beginning several years ago when they were both 11 years old, authorities said.

James Ray Guerrero, 50, is charged with showing pornographic movies to the victims and masturbating them, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Prosecutors said the alleged assaults occurred on repeated occasions from 2006 to last year. Guerrero allegedly told the youths not to tell anyone what had happened, prosecutors said.

Police were alerted to the allegations in July after one of the victims, then 15, told family members that he had been molested. While investigating the case, detectives found out about the suspected sexual assault on the second youth, prosecutors said.

Guerrero is charged with seven felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under age 14 and one felony count of distributing pornography to a minor. He also faces sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and lewd acts on more than one child. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said.

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robert.lopez@latimes.com

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