Man sentenced for unique prostitution felony

The Seattle TimesJuly 27, 2013 

A Sumner man convicted earlier this month of commercial sex abuse of a minor – the first verdict of its kind in the county, and possibly the state — was sentenced Friday to one year, nine months in prison in King County Superior Court.

Gildardo Zaldivar-Guillen was convicted of a crime that became a Class B felony in June 2010 when a new state law went into effect that increased penalties for pimps and customers who profit from or pay for sex with prostituted juveniles.

Zaldivar-Guillen, 41, faced a standard sentence of 21 to 27 months in prison.

Before the law went into effect, first-time offenders convicted of paid sex with a minor faced a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail.

While other male customers, or johns, have been charged in King County with commercial sex abuse of a minor, they ultimately pleaded guilty to lesser charges, according to court records and King County prosecutors.

Under state law, someone is guilty of commercial sex abuse of a minor if he or she pays a minor or third party — usually a pimp — for sex or “solicits, offers or requests” to engage in sexual conduct with a minor.

The law change also requires Zaldivar-Guillen to register as a sex offender for 15 years after he is released from custody.

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