After a 10-year-old boy told a school counselor he was scared to go home and that his father had hit him and his sibling, the boy’s father was charged in the Superior Court of Guam, according to a recently filed magistrate’s complaint.
Jonathan Anthony Leon Guerrero, 31, is accused of hitting his two sons with a broomstick and a belt, according to court documents. The 10-year-old son also alleged his father punched him in the stomach once last year, documents state.
The boy told a school counselor his parents fought in front of him and his siblings constantly and that “his father would use the belt and hit him in the head and all over his body,” documents state.
Police officers last week met with a social worker who relayed the information about the alleged abuse. Officers met with the boy’s mother, who said that Leon Guerrero was her common-law husband and that they were arguing one day when Leon Guerrero broke the glass on the oven door, documents state.
She also told police that she previously found Leon Guerrero with a glass pipe in his hand and alleged he used drugs, the complaint states.
When officers spoke with the 10-year-old, the boy reported that sometime this month, Leon Guerrero hit the boy’s buttocks, head, lips and face with a snorkel tube and also hit his 9-year-old brother, court documents state.
Police noticed bruising on the 10-year-old’s cheek. When officers spoke with Leon Guerrero, he reportedly admitted to hitting the 10-year-old’s face with a broomstick and spanking the 9-year-old boy “multiple times” on the buttocks area, documents state.
“(Leon Guerrero) admitted to usually hitting his sons because of discipline,” the court complaint states.
He was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault, two counts of misdemeanor family violence and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.