LOGAN — A judge ordered a U.S. Army serviceman to be sent back to jail and held without bail, four days before he was to be deployed, after it was alleged that the 25-year-old former Logan resident defied a court order. Frederick Guadarrama placed his head in his hands and cried, as bailiffs were ordered to take him back into custody.
Guadarrama appeared in 1st District Court Thursday morning. The no-contact order was issued in October by Judge Brian Cannell, after the suspect was arrested and charged with unlawful sex with a minor, a third-degree felony.
Judge Cannell explained that even though he admired Guadarrama for serving the country, he was left with no options, after attorneys said the suspect was seen entering a hotel room with the 15-year-old victim. “I would like to believe nothing happened but my order was breached,” said Judge Cannell.
According to an arrest warrant, Guadarrama raped the then 14-year-old girl while he was on leave from the military and visiting Cache County in July 2017. The girl became pregnant and later gave birth to a baby.
When detectives interviewed Guadarrama, he denied ever having sex with the juvenile, but admitted that he had been alone with her when he was home on leave. He later consented to taking a DNA test which showed he was the baby’s biological father.
During Thursday’s hearing, Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon explained that police had obtained surveillance video of Guadarrama taking the victim and the baby into a local hotel room. He said it wouldn’t take a “rocket scientist” to know what was going on, especially since it had already happened in the past.
Defense attorney Kelly Booth said her client claimed he had no sexual contact with the victim at the hotel and was just wanting to see his child. She explained that his intent was in the right place but he still made a poor decision.
Judge Cannell said he wasn’t just concerned about Guadarrama having sex with the victim. He was also worried that the suspect could have been influencing her about the pending felony case.
Later, Guadarrama waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to the charge. Judge Cannell scheduled the case for a one-day jury trial on March 18.