Juan Gutierrez to serve life in prison for one count of sexual intercourse and one count of sexual penetration with a child 10 years old or younger, pleads no contest
VISALIA – Juan Gutierrez of Porterville was sentenced to life in prison for charges of child molestation spanning back almost 10 years.
The Tulare County District Attorney’s office announced that Juan Gutierrez, 30, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for child molestation on Sept. 14. In addition to his sentencing, Gutierrez, is required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
On July 29, Gutierrez accepted his conviction but did not confirm or deny his guilt by pleading no contest to one count of sexual intercourse with a child 10 years old or younger as well as another count of sexual penetration with a child who is 10 years old or younger. Each count is a felony and are both considered strike offenses, which is a felony considered serious or violent.
The crimes occurred between Dec. 26, 2013, and Oct. 1, 2020. The crimes were committed against one female victim, who was between the ages of 3 and 9 years old at the time of the sexual assaults.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Wayt of the Crimes Against Children Division and was investigated by Corporal Maria Aguillon and Corporal Cody Martin of the Porterville Police Department.