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Charleroi man accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl

| Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:36 p.m.
Stacy Wolford | The Valley Independent
Ricky Gutierrez, 20, of Sacramento, Calif., is shown being led out of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkin's office in Charleroi by Charleroi Regional Police Detective Lt. Eric Porter on Friday, May 2, 2014. Behind Porter is Charleroi Regional Police Officer Mike Carcella. Gutierrez was arraigned by Hopkins on charges he got a 14-year-old girl drunk and sexually assaulted her. Hopkins sent him to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of half-million dollar bond.
Ricky Gutierrez

A Charleroi man accused of providing a young girl with alcohol and then sexually assaulting her is in jail.

Ricky Gutierrez, 21, who lists his address as Sacramento, Calif., was arrested Friday morning by Charleroi Regional Police on sexual assault charges.

The 14-year-old girl's parents called police about 9:30 p.m. April 11 when they found their daughter and her friend “highly intoxicated” at a 214 Ninth St. residence.

Meeting Officer Chad W. Zelinsky at the residence, the parents said they found their daughter lying in bed.

Her father had to carry her down the steps because she couldn't walk, according to a criminal complaint. The father told police he noticed his daughter's pants were unbuttoned and she wasn't wearing underwear.

Lying in the backseat of her mother's car, the girl began to awaken and said “Ricky” touched her, the complaint states.

Her parents became concerned that she might have been sexually assaulted. The girl was transported by Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township, where she underwent a rape examination.

The Valley Independent does not identify alleged victims of sexual crimes.

The next day, the girl and her mother went to the police station.

The girl told police she was walking around town with her 14-year-old friend when they met up with “Ricky.”

The trio went to a park, then walked to the state liquor store in Charleroi. The teen told police she and her friend sat on nearby train tracks while Gutierrez was in the store.

Back at the park and swinging on a swing set, the girls allegedly received an alcoholic beverage from Gutierrez. The alleged victim said it tasted like Gatorade.

Soon after, the girls accompanied Gutierrez to a bedroom in the 214 Ninth St. residence, where he provided them with more alcohol, police said.

The alleged victim reportedly told police she started to feel sick and decided to lie on the bed.

Gutierrez attempted to remove the girl's pants, police said. When the teen told him no, Gutierrez told her to relax and removed both her pants and underwear, the complaint states.

Gutierrez allegedly performed a sex act on the alleged victim and pushed her back onto the bed when she tried to get away, according to the complaint.

The teen told police she put her pants back on after Gutierrez went to the bathroom. That's the last thing she remembered before awakening in the backseat of her mother's vehicle, she told investigators.

Gutierrez faces felony counts of sexual assault, indeviate sexual intercourse-forcible compulsion, indeviate sexual intercourse of a person substantially impaired and indeviate sexual intercourse of a person under 16-years-old, and contact/communication with a minor-sexual offenses.

He faces four misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors.

Detective Lt. Eric Porter said Gutierrez previously lived in Canonsburg before moving to Charleroi a few months ago, where he was staying with a friend.

Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins arraigned Gutierrez shortly after noon Friday in Charleroi.

When Hopkins asked him if he had any questions, Gutierrez quietly said no. Hopkins placed him in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Gutierrez faces a preliminary hearing in Washington County Central Court 10:30 a.m. May 14.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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