August 8, 2014
Fugitive on the run since 2010 for underage prostitution charges arrested in Philadelphia
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today the arrest of a fugitive, John "G" Guerra, 40, Philadelphia, who faces charges for his alleged role in a major Philadelphia-area prostitution organization.
Following a nearly four-year manhunt, Guerra was located in Philadelphia on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 and apprehended by troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police's Organized Crime Unit. He was arraigned Thursday evening and denied bail.
"I hope that some relief comes for the women terrorized and exploited by this individual," Attorney General Kane said. "He is finally going to pay for his heinous crimes. Human trafficking is an alarming worldwide crisis and the effects of sex slavery are devastating for victims and their families."
Attorney General Kane said Guerra was initially charged after a statewide investigating grand jury returned a presentment detailing how Guerra and his associates recruited women as young as 17 years old with offers of cash or drugs, and then controlled the young women through intimidation and physical violence.
Guerra's organization allegedly promoted acts of prostitution by advertising on Craigslist under the "erotic section." The females "working" for this organization were provided with laptop computers, credit card numbers, digital cameras and cell phones as tools to facilitate the prostitution.
Guerra is facing multiple charges, including corrupt organizations, possession with intent to deliver/delivery of a controlled substance (Cocaine), aggravated assault, simple assault, sexual exploitation of children, sexual abuse of children, prostitution, criminal use of a communication facility, corruption of minors and criminal conspiracy.
Guerra"s three codefendants, Elton "Marvin" Cromwell, Edinelson "Eddie" Mendez Jr. and Duane Roger "D boy" Thomas, were charged along with Guerra back in 2010, and have since entered guilty pleas. All but Guerra have been sentenced in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police's Organized Crime Unit for their efforts in apprehending Guerra.
Guerra will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Castellino of the Office of Attorney General's Organized Crime Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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