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Local pastor sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually coercing minor parishioner

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

CINCINNATI – The pastor of a Sharonville church was sentenced via video conference in U.S. District Court today to 120 months in prison for sexually coercing a minor female.


Cesar Agusto Guerrero, Jr., 42, of Liberty Township, admitted in June 2020 to engaging in sexual acts with a 17-year-old victim on July 20, 2019 and Aug. 5, 2019 at his office at the Mision Cristiana el Calvario Church.


Court documents detail that Guerrero told the victim God was speaking to him and the only way to get out of the dark place was for the victim to have sexual relations with Guerrero. The pastor referred to this as a “cleansing process.”


According to the Guerrero’s plea agreement, he communicated with the victim via text messages, audio and video calls on Facebook Messenger. He coerced the victim into sending him sexually explicit photos and engaging in a sexually explicit video call. Guerrero cited several biblical verses while making the requests.


David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Chris Hoffman, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; and Sharonville Police Chief Steve Vanover announced the sentence imposed today by U.S. District Judge Douglas R. Cole. Assistant United States Attorney Kyle J. Healey is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated January 26, 2021

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