The brother of a man acquitted in the highly publicized 1992 disappearance of a 5-year-old Inver Grove Heights girl faces 18 months in prison and 15 years of probation following conviction for sex crimes involving a minor in his care.
A Washington County court sentenced Jerry Guevara Jr., 53, Woodbury, Monday, July 31, on two felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from a nearly 15-year sexual relationship that led to the birth of six children. The mother would have been 16 when the first child was born.
A criminal complaint filed in Washington County February 2017 said Woodbury police began investigating Guevara in 2015.
According to the complaint, a bail bondsman seeking a fugitive at Guevara's home reported seeing a woman there whose appearance matched age-progressed photos of Corrine Erstad, who disappeared more than two decades ago.
In 1992, Guevara's brother, Robert Guevara, was accused of abducting and killing the Erstad. Police at the time found the girl's dress, stained with blood and semen, in Robert Guevara's storage locker shortly after her disappearance. An apparent mixture of his and her bodily fluids were found on a shower curtain.
He was acquitted, and the girl's body has never been found.
In Jerry Guevara's case, officers found him with a 32-year-old woman and six children ranging in ages from 1 to 12 years old, all of "in various stages of undress" in February. Police later determined that the woman was not Erstad.
According to the complaint, the house smelled of mold, urine and feces, and contained little clothing, shoes or food for the children. Child Protective Services removed the children from the home.
Police searching the house found documents indicating that Guevara and the woman have nine children together, and that their first child was conceived when the woman was 16 years old and Guevara was 37.
Paternity tests conducted in 2002 confirmed that Guevara fathered the woman's second child, who was conceived when she was 17 years old while the two lived together in Woodbury.
This story will be updated as more information is available.