Georgia man arrested at Rantoul motel with runaway

Georgia man arrested at Rantoul motel with runaway

UPDATED 5:10 p.m. Wednesday

RANTOUL — A man from Georgia is in the Champaign County Jail on charges alleging he had sex with a teenage runaway from Texas.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said his department was contacted Tuesday night by police in Fort Worth, Texas, that a 16-year-old runaway may be at a motel in Rantoul with a man driving a Ford Mustang with Georgia license plates.

Police went to the Day’s Inn and found a Ford Mustang with Georgia license plates.

Beach said officers found Alexis Gutierrez, 23, in a room with a 16-year-old girl who said she was from Fort Worth.

Gutierrez, who had two different identification cards according to Beach, told police that he had been dating the teen for seven months. He admitted he picked her up at her Fort Worth home after she argued with her mother and they came to Illinois. Gutierrez told police they had been at the motel since Sunday, Beach said.

Gutierrez also admitted that he and the teen had engaged in sex at least three times while in Rantoul.

In the eyes of the law, the teen is not old enough to consent to sex.

Gutierrez was charged Wednesday with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and possession of fraudulent identification.

Judge Richard Klaus set his bond at $250,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for March 19.

Beach said the girl was taken to a shelter in Champaign.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on February 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

If they would have just stayed in Texas, they probably would never have been arrested.  Where ever Gutierrez is from whether it be Texas, Georgia, or else where; ship him back there.  Illinois has enough problems with it's own criminals.  Make sure the cuffs are on good, and tight during his trip.

Danno wrote on February 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Hmm...'...multiple IDs....'. Might lead one to think that he might not be here legally. 'Course, that would be sterotyping. Shoudda' gone to Chi' Sanctuary City.

Sid Saltfork wrote on February 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I am not sure; but Urbana might be a sanctuary city also.  There should be a map that identifies sanctuary cities.  Although, this man may be a citizen of Texas.  Either way, it does not sound like he has any charges toward him regarding his citizen status.  If I were in that situation, I would tell them I was here illegally.  There would be a better chance that I would be deported than spend time in prison.  The prisons are full.  An INS ticket would be cheaper.