Man enters guilty plea on aggravated rape charge before trial starts

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On Aug. 24, one day before a trial was set to begin for 43-year-old Robert Guzman, of 13170 Dutchtown Point Ave., Gonzales, pre-trial motions were held in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert, Jr.

During these motions, Guzman, a U.S. Coast Guard member at the time of his arrest, entered a plea of guilty to one count of aggravated rape and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Guzman was arrested on Dec. 31, 2014, and an Ascension Parish grand jury subsequently indicted him on four counts of aggravated rape and one count of molestation of a juvenile. He was accused of having sex with a minor under the age of 13 in Louisiana, Texas and Florida, and of having sex with a minor over the age of 13 in Louisiana.

Attorney Shawn Bush, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the 23rd JDA, said he was hopeful that Guzman’s life imprisonment could help the victim and her family move on with their lives, and that he was pleased that they came forward and remained vigilant throughout the proceedings.

"The crimes committed by Robert Guzman are the most despicable crimes that can be perpetrated against a minor child,” Bush said. “ I pray that this child can find peace in her life and can somehow learn to trust again. Guzman’s actions were unconscionable and no amount of years can undo the damage that has been done.”