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The online relationship that began in the fall of 2021 went to in-person swiftly when Mauricio Damian Guerrero, 22, of Bensalem, Pa., offered to send her money, a TV and a fireplace, and the victim gave him her then-Dover address.
When she moved to Somersworth they continued the online relationship, exchanging thousands of texts, mostly of a sexual nature, Guerrero's defense lawyer Harry Starbranch Jr. said on Wednesday.
But Deputy Strafford County Attorney Emily Conant Garod said he had not been invited into the victim's Somersworth home, where he arrived on Feb. 7, 2022, with a "to do" list that included plant mics in her house, make duplicates of her house keys and put a tracker on her phone. Garod said Guerrero brought a pry bar to break into the house through a window in the back and set up shop in her attic where he ate and slept on and off over the next 48 hours.
On Feb. 8 around 1 p.m. Guerrero called and said he was outside her Highland Street home.
"She'd been drinking and she goes out to his car," Garod said. "They talk and he tries to push her head down."
Garod said the victim acquiesces for an instant and then pulls back and tells him to go and never come back.
A few hours later around 3 a.m. Guerrero comes down from the attic where he had secreted himself, enters her bedroom where she is sleeping heavily with her two-year-old child, pulls down the covers and takes a video of her bare vagina, according to a Somersworth Police affidavit.
Moments later she awakes to see him standing in the hallway next to her bedroom, prompting him to run back to the attic.
Her mom then calls police to say they may have a stalker in the house.
Guerrero is arrested soon after when police arrive and find him on the roof trying to flee.
Starbranch, however, said this was far more than just an online relationship, saying his client had sexual relations with the victim twice.
"People think it was all verbal, it was more than that," he said.
Starbranch also argued that his client never intended to commit a crime when he broke into the house.
He said the victim told Guerrero that she loved him, that she liked the attention, the money, the gifts.
"To her, he's a client, but he doesn't know that," he said.
Guerrero faces up to 45 years if convicted of the three most serious burglary charges, in which the sentences are elevated because they were during the nighttime and in one's own domicile.
The trial continues today and is expected to conclude on Monday.