Juan Carlos Guerrero, the leading trainer at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania, was charged with indecent assault of a female who works at the Bensalem Township racetrack and casino. While the incident was still being investigated, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission also issued a 10-year ban against Guerrero, who has already filed an appeal of the charge.
Bensalem Township police told the Bucks County Courier Times Guerrero, who has won more than 140 races this year, “inappropriately touched” the female employee. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2012.
An attempt by The Blood-Horse to contact Guerrero and Parx Racing officials Dec. 21 was unsuccessful. The Courier Times reported it also couldn’t reach Parx officials for comment on Guerrero’s status as far as entering horses at the racetrack.
The incident allegedly occurred Nov. 16, police said. Guerrero, a resident of southern New Jersey, was served a summons the week of Dec. 11. If convicted, he could face incarceration or probation, depending on sentencing guidelines.
According to Guerrero’s attorney Bill Goldman Jr., the allegation against Guerrero was made by a Parx employee who claimed the trainer “kissed her, hugged her, and patted her rump.
“A singular criminal charge was filed—it was a misdemeanor offense,” said Goldman. “We are aggressively defending Guerrero and challenging that.”
Goldman said he was frustrated because Parx did not await resolution of the criminal case before deciding to eject Guerrero from the premises.
“He’s not been afforded any due process rights and the criminal case has not been heard,” Goldman said. "As we all know in America, there is a presumption of innocence, but I suppose that doesn’t apply to the folks that decided to take action against him. So the charge is being challenged; we appealed the ejection/eviction immediately.”
The PHRC has not yet set a date for a hearing to make a decision on Guerrero’s appeal. A call made to the PHRC office Dec. 22 was not returned.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Guerrero is married with two daughters.
He made his Breeders’ Cup debut this year with Golden Mystery, who finished seventh in the Sentient Jet Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I). Through Dec. 22, Guerrero saddled 515 winners for total purse earnings of $10,559,717.
“I’m proud to represent Carlos Guerrero,” said Goldman. “He is a well-respected, successful, and very able trainer.”