Former Priest Sought As Yuma County's Most Wanted

By James Gilbert
Yuma Sun
October 19, 2011

Juan Guillen

It took less than 24 hours after his release from prison for a former priest from Yuma who had been convicted of attempted child molestation to make Yuma County's Most Wanted List.

Juan Guillen, who had been a priest for about 20 years at Immaculate Conception Church, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in July of 2003 by then-Superior Court Judge Tom Cole. He was also given lifetime probation for another count of attempted child molesting. Guillen pleaded guilty to both charges in a plea agreement.

Now 67, Guillen was released from the Arizona State Prison Complex on the morning of Oct. 6 and reported to the Yuma County Probation Office as he was required to do later that same day. However, he did not return the following day and has not been seen since. Nor has he made any effort to contact the probation office.

Conditions of the probation, which includes 40 hours of community service per month, were to begin after Guillen was released from prison. In addition, Guillen is required to register as a sex offender, which he has not done.

Guillen is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 132 pounds with grey hair and brown eyes. He is wanted for probation violations on his original convictions of attempted child molestation, both of which are felonies.

Before the plea agreement, Guillen had faced four counts of child molesting and eight of sexual conduct with a minor after admitting to having oral sex with and masturbating with altar boys. He was charged with sexual contact with young boys beginning in 1989 with a boy who was 10 years old at the time. The criminal complaint filed against him in 2003 alleged sexual conduct with another 10-year-old victim in 1994. The third boy was 13 when he was allegedly molested in May of 2003. The alleged sexual activity occurred in Yuma as well as in Mexico and Salinas, Calif., according to a court document.

If you have any information that would lead to the arrest of Guillen, call surveillance officer Beto Borquez, 329-2210, ext. 2342. If you know of his immediate location, call local law enforcement agencies or dial 911. Do not try to apprehend him yourself.

As a public service, the Yuma Sun publishes the names and photographs of the people sought by the Yuma County Adult Probation Department or U.S. Marshals Service as probation absconders.


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