Child Predator Sentenced

In May of 2017, Thousand Oaks Police Department patrol deputies responded to a suspicious subject call in the area of Northwood Place @ Cypress Place in the City of Thousand Oaks.

Deputies documented the incident as a possible child crime with a 10 year old boy that had occurred in the community pool area.

Detectives with the Thousand Oaks Police Department Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit immediately began an investigation and identified the suspect as 54 year old Steven Gutierrez.

On June 28, 2017, Detectives arrested Steven Gutierrez for 288(a) PC – Lewd Act Upon a Child and booked him into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  The case was presented to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office who elected to file two counts of Lewd Acts Upon a Child.

On July 6, 2017, Detectives served a search warrant at Gutierrez’ residence for evidence related to the crime. During the service of the search warrant detectives seized a laptop computer belonging to Gutierrez. The computer was sent to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Southern California High Technology Task Force for processing.

On July 26, 2017, the Southern California High Technology Task Force completed their examination of Gutierrez’ computer. Additional evidence was located on the computer linking Gutierrez to the possession of child pornography. This additional evidence was presented to the District Attorney’s Office and additional charges were filed.

On April 3, 2018, Steven Gutierrez, who was out on bail, failed to appear in court. The court issued a warrant for Gutierrez’ arrest in the amount of $200,000.

On April 4, 2018, Steven Gutierrez was arrested by the City of Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.

On April 6, 2018, Steven Gutierrez appeared in Ventura County Superior Court and pled guilty to two counts of 288(a) PC, one count of 288(c)(1) PC, and one count of 311.11(a) PC – Possession of Child Pornography.

On May 4, 2018, the Ventura County Superior Court sentenced Steven Gutierrez to State Prison for a fixed term of 10 years 8 months, he was ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison, prohibited from owning or possessing any firearms, and ordered to pay fines and restitution.

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