LOGAN — A 25-year-old former Logan man, convicted of fathering child with a 14-year-old girl, has been sentenced to jail. Frederick A. Guadarrama, who previously served in the military before being arrested, apologized for failing to protect the victim, his family and the country.
Guadarrama was sentenced in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously accepted a plea deal, pleading “no contest” to one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony.
In July 2017, Guadarrama raped the then 14-year-old girl while he was on leave from the military and visiting Cache County. 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.
In February, days before Guadarrama was to be deployed to the Middle East, he was arrested again, after being seen entering a hotel room with the victim and violating a court’s no contact order.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, defense attorney Kelly Booth asked the court to follow the terms she had worked out with prosecutors as part of the plea deal, and release Guadarrama, who had served 98-days in jail. She said her client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and was so drunk on the night of the crime, he can’t remember what happened.
Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon disagreed with Booth, blaming Guadarrama’s actions on alcohol. He noted how the defendant originally claimed the victim raped him but later changed his story to say he couldn’t remember what happened.
Gordon expressed frustration with the conditions of the plea deal but said he wouldn’t go against his word. He explained that no matter what the court decided, Guadarrama will likely not follow it, describing how he had continued to try and contact the victim.
Judge Brian Cannell also expressed frustration with the sentencing recommendation from the attorneys and probation agents, in their pre-sentence report. He refused though to release Guadarrama early and ordered him instead to finish serving a sentence of 120-days. He also sentenced him to complete therapy and remain on probation after being released, saying he expects him to be a better man.