Man Indecently Assaults Teen Girl: Cops

By David Chang and Karen Araiza
|  Sunday, May 1, 2011  |  Updated 6:28 PM EDT
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Man Assaulted Sleepwalking Teen: Cops

A drinking party in the North Bay last Friday night ended with the mother of the house in handcuffs.

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The man who police say inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl who had gone missing is charged with indecent assault.

58-year-old Richard Guenzer of the 2500 block of Broad Street was arrested last Thursday after he was found with 13-year-old Jasmine Carrero.

Carrero had disappeared from her home near 4th and Ritner last Tuesday around 9:30 p.m.

Her family feared that she sleepwalked away from her home and got lost.

She was found by her mother with Guenzer at Broad and Oregon Avenue last Thursday. Police believe that Guenzer touched her inappropriately.

Carrero's family were concerned that medication the teen takes may have put her in a trance-like state, where she has been known to sleepwalk.

"The medication can make her feel...more or less in a groggy state, like a daze, and [she] doesn't have her full faculties," said Liz Ferrigno, Jasmine's grandmother.

After Guenzer's arrest, the Special Victims Unit took over the case. He was not charged until Sunday afternoon.

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