Former Kansas Officer of the Year indicted for rape, sexual battery

Kansas’ 2021 Officer of the Year has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated sexual battery.
Published: Oct. 13, 2022 at 11:38 AM CDT
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DODGE CITY, Kan. (KWCH) - Kansas’ 2021 Officer of the Year has been indicted on charges of rape and aggravated sexual battery. A Ford County grand jury returned an indictment against former Dodge City Police Officer Guillermo Gutierrez on Tuesday, October 4.

In 2021, Gutierrez was chosen as the statewide Kansas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, according to the Dodge City Police Department’s Facebook page. He was the first law enforcement officer from southwest Kansas to receive the award.

The charges stem from an incident alleged to have occurred on May 19, 2022, in Dodge City. Records show Gutierrez is accused of having non-consensual sex with a woman he knew was under the influence of alcohol.

12 News spoke with a woman who said she had encounters with with Gutierrez as an officer and that he got her boyfriend deported. She said learning about the charges against the former Dodge City officer didn’t surprise her.

“It also brought back feelings of the times that we’ve crossed paths and brought back those feelings and memories, and so I was kind of relieved,” the woman said.

A conviction on both charges carries a prison sentence of between 147 and 653 months and a fine of up to $300,000 (for rape) and 31 and 136 months and a fine of up to $300,000 (for aggravated sexual battery).

Gutierrez’s first appearance and arraignment have been scheduled for 9 a.m., Nov. 10.

A grand jury doesn’t decide if a person is innocent or guilty, only whether there is enough evidence and cause to move forward with charges.

Thursday, 12 News spoke with Gutierrez’s attorney who, in a short statement, said his client has the presumption of innocence and in this case, he said, is innocent of the charges.

Dodge City’s police chief said Gutierrez left the department in August.