Columbian ‘Refugee’ Sexually Assaulted 7-Year-Old Girl in Public Restroom

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Bozeman, MT – A man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in a grocery store bathroom over the weekend was ordered held in jail Monday on$500,000 bail.

Johnny Barreiro-Guerrero, 39, has been charged with felony sexual assault, felony assault on a minor and misdemeanor indecent exposure. Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Bryan Adams set Barreiro-Guerrero’s bail.

According to charging documents:

At about 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Bozeman police responded to Rosauers at 3255 Technology Blvd., for a report of a girl that was molested in the bathroom by a man who worked for the cleaning crew.

The alleged victim, a 7-year-old girl, said that when she was in the bathroom, Barreiro-Guerrero kissed her, held her against a wall and touched her sexually. She said during the encounter, Barreiro-Guerrero also unzipped his pants and showed her his penis.

At the store, officers contacted Barreiro-Guerrero, who matched the description given by the girl.Barreiro-Guerrero only speaks Spanish, so a translator assisted a detective during an interview.

Barreiro-Guerrero, who identified himself as a Colombian refugee, said he was in the women’s bathroom cleaning when he heard the girl come in. He said he didn’t leave when the girl entered and he saw her wash her hands. He said the girl’s mother also came into the bathroom at one point.

Barreiro-Guerrero denied having any physical contact with the girl.

Surveillance footage showed that the girl and Barreiro-Guerrero were in the women’s bathroom for three minutes and that the girl was “clearly distraught” when she left the bathroom.

During Barreiro-Guerrero’s court appearance Monday, Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Jesse Bushnell requested the $500,000 bond.

Bushnell called Barreiro-Guerrero a “danger to the community” and said the “randomness” of the offense and the age of the alleged victim warranted a high bond.

Bushnell also said that Barreiro-Guerrero is a flight risk. He has no ties to Montana and had a plane ticket scheduled to leave the state Monday, Bushnell said.

Defense attorney Karolina Tierney requested a $10,000 bail for Barreiro-Guerrero. He denied sexually assaulting the girl and he wasn’t planning on absconding. He had a plane ticket to return to Arizona where his wife and five children live, Tierney said.

“He is not a danger to the community,” Tierney said.

If Barreiro-Guerrero is able to post bail, Adams ordered that he wear a GPS monitor.

If convicted, Barreiro-Guerrero faces up to life in prison.

Rosauers manager Chris Hurlbut said that Barreiro-Guerrero was not a Rosauers employee but rather a third-party contractor.

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