Crime

A.G. child molester who led police on ‘slow-speed pursuit’ sentenced to prison

Johnny Manuel Guerrero, 41, of Arroyo Grande was convicted in September of lewd acts with a child under 14 years old and firearms offenses. He was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in state prison.
Johnny Manuel Guerrero, 41, of Arroyo Grande was convicted in September of lewd acts with a child under 14 years old and firearms offenses. He was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in state prison.

A man accused of molesting a child under 14 and several firearm offenses was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Thursday, nearly two years after he led police on a “slow-speed pursuit” from Arroyo Grande to San Luis Obispo.

Johnny Guerrero, 41, of Arroyo Grande was sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison by a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge Thursday and ordered to pay more than $27,000 in court fines and victims’ restitution.

That sentence reflects his pleas in two separate cases: Guerrero pleaded no contest to two felony counts of lewd acts with a child under 14, as well as charges of carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and evading a police officer.

In exchange for his plea in the molestation case, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office dismissed charges of sexual penetration of a victim 10 years or younger, aggravated sexual assault of a minor and concealing a camera to record a person’s body or undergarments.

Guerrero has accrued roughly two years of in-custody and good-behavior credits, according to court records.

The Sheriff’s Office previously said that Guerrero’s crimes occurred in December 2015 and involved one victim.

In January 2016, detectives were searching for Guerrero in connection with the crimes when, following a tip, they found him staying at a motel in Arroyo Grande. They later spotted him leaving the hotel in a Toyota Corolla and followed him as he drove south on Highway 101, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Guerrero made a U-turn at El Campo Road and was heading north when deputies first attempted to pull him over. He traveled about 8.5 miles, never exceeding 65 mph, before pulling over near the Prado Road exit in San Luis Obispo. He was then arrested without further incident.

Officers found a loaded handgun in the car, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated Guerrero’s total sentence, and did not include charges from his firearms case.

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