Guzman pleads not guilty to rape charge

Democrat Staff


Democrat Staff


A Marshall man accused of raping a fellow State Fair Community College student in Sedalia has entered a plea of not guilty.

According to court documents, Juan Humberto Guzman, 21, of Marshall, appeared in court Monday afternoon at the Pettis County Courthouse with attorney Jeffrey R. Nilson. Guzman waived a formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty.

The case has been continued to 1:30 p.m. July 18 with Judge Robert L. Koffman.

Guzman originally waived a formal arraignment April 22 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for June, but things were rescheduled after a grand jury indictment.

Guzman is charged with first degree rape/attempted rape and first degree sodomy/attempted sodomy. He was issued a $100,000 bond with special condition that he is to have no contact of any kind with the victim; a surety bond was posted April 22.

According to court documents, a victim reported she had been sexually assaulted by Guzman in mid-April at a residence in the 100 block of South Prospect Avenue in Sedalia.

The victim reported she had been working at a local restaurant for her nursing class and once she finished, she, Guzman and another nursing student had a few drinks. The victim went with Guzman to his friend’s residence on Prospect to stay there for the night because she didn’t want to drive after she had been drinking.

Once inside the residence, Guzman allegedly used force to keep the victim on the bed despite her alleged attempts to get him to stop his efforts to have sex. Eventually the two got dressed and the victim texted friends for help while Guzman slept.

The victim had a rape kit collected the next morning at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall and the exam discovered “scratching, irritation and inflammation.”

Guzman was contacted and interviewed by law enforcement April 14 and was then arrested. Court documents state Pettis County Sheriff’s Deputy and SFCC Resource Deputy David Hockaday collected a DNA evidence kit from Guzman, which has been submitted for analysis.

According to online court records, Guzman does not have a criminal history, other than being arrested for speeding in excess of 26 mph or more over the posted limit in 2012.

Sedalia Democrat
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