NEW PALTZ - Authorities added eight new charges against the Marine accused of raping and sexually assaulting female students in off-campus housing at his preliminary hearing Tuesday.
A petite SUNY New Paltz junior studied Kevin Guerrero as he sat across from her in the courtroom.
Then she raised her hand and identified him as the man who sexually abused her recently as she slept in an off-campus apartment in the village.
“I woke up to someone peering over me with a hand on the right side of my butt,” said the young woman. “I’ve never seen this person before. He was standing over me and looked to be in his early 20s, like me."
She is the second female SUNY New Paltz student to come forward to accuse the 20-year-old Marine from New Windsor of sex crimes and the only one to face him in court so far. The policy of the Times Herald-Record is not to name victims of sexual assault.
Guerrero, a member of the Marine Corps unit at the Stewart Air National Guard Base for the past eight months, had already been charged with the rape and burglary of another student.
On Tuesday, he was also arraigned on eight new charges in connection with three additional burglaries as well as the sexual abuse. That brought the total number of charges against him to 10. The purpose of the hearing was to determine if there was enough evidence against Guerrero for grand jury action.
Guerrero is being represented by Ulster County Assistant Public Defender MariAnn Connolly, who entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in connection with the new charges.
According to investigators, all of the crimes occurred in the Village of New Paltz during the early morning hours on Sunday. In at least two cases, Guerrero is accused of climbing onto a second-story ledge and pushing in air conditioners to gain illegal entry into off-campus apartments.
According to Katherine Van Loan of the Ulster County District Attorney’s Special Victims unit, Guerrero is guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree.
Town Justice James Bacon agreed there was enough evidence to hold Guerrero for further action.
The case is to be presented to an Ulster County grand jury in the next 45 days.
The judge also ordered that Guerrero continue to be held at the Ulster County Jail without bail.
Meanwhile, New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder said the extensive investigation is continuing.
“We’re still interviewing witnesses and it’s possible that we could still be interviewing witnesses right up until the trial begins,” Snyder said.