COLUMBUS – A 31-year-old Columbus man is accused of breaking into a former girlfriend’s home early Wednesday, pleading to mend the broken relationship and then raping her while her minor children slept in a nearby room.
Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa on Thurday morning set bond for Juan Pablo Gutierrez at $500,000, 10 percent allowed for release, during a brief hearing held via videoconference from the county jail.
The judge scheduled the defendant for a felony first appearance hearing on April 25.
Gutierrez, who has not yet been formally charged by the prosecution, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault, burglary and stalking in connection with the 5:30 a.m. break-in of the residence on Wednesday.
The judge ordered Gutierrez to have no contact with the 31-year-old woman and not to go within five blocks of her west-central Columbus home.
A Columbus Police investigation began about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday with the city woman reporting the sexual assault by her ex-boyfriend, who had been jailed March 30 for third-degree domestic assault.
The woman, according to Investigator Jaymee Levander’s probable cause arrest statement, reported Gutierrez had been contacting her while he was incarcerated from March 30 to April 4.
The investigator said that when the defendant was released April 4, the county court issued an order that Gutierrez have no contact with the woman.
On Wednesday morning, Levander said, the woman reported finding her ex-boyfriend “standing over her bed” while telling her he was there to stab her (new) boyfriend.
The woman then described her ex-boyfriend taking his clothes off, then sexually assaulting her despite her repeated pleas for him to stop, the investigator said.
A subsequent inventory of the call history on the woman’s cellphone revealed dozens of calls from Gutierrez’s phone, calls from his work and restricted calls. The call history included 33 contact attempts on April 7 alone.