Youngstown man charged with transportation of a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity

On April 11, 2016 an arrest warrant for David Guevara, Sr., 35, of Youngstown, was executed.  Guevara was being held in the Mahoning County Jail on state charges at the time of this federal arrest.  Guevara has been charged in federal court with attempted transportation and transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, law enforcement officials said.

Guevara met a 15-year old girl in July 2015 and began a sexual relationship with her. Initially, Guevara would have sex with the minor in a tent under a Youngstown bridge.  On July 31, 2015, Guevara purchased travel arrangements to move them to Philadelphia. During their trip and once they arrived in Philadelphia, Guevara Sr. continued to engage in sexual intercourse with the minor, according to the complaint.

Guevara was originally interviewed by local law enforcement on December 14, 2015.  He admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with the minor and traveling with her to Philadelphia, even though he knew that she was just 15 years old.  Guevara also stated that it was his intent to have a child with the minor and to move her and the baby to Mexico, according to the complaint.

A detention hearing has been set for Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10a.m. in Magistrate Limbert’s court room in Youngstown, Ohio.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Youngstown Resident Agency, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, and the Youngstown Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Benedict S. Gullo.

A charge is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


About the Mahoning Valley Task Force Collaborative ( is a collaborative effort between the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), a FBI Safe Streets & Gang Unit Initiative; the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF), a HIDTA initiative; the FBI Crimes Against Children (CAC); and the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team (CRT), a multi-jurisdiction SWAT team. The group's overall goal is to disrupt and dismantle criminal street gangs, degrade drug trafficking organizations, and remove dangerous predators from our community through intelligence-driven investigations and new initiatives and partnerships.

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