Whew! This story from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (hat tip: Paul) gives me an opportunity to mention two things. First Montana takes only a few refugees a year and second did you know we were taking “refugees” from Colombia? I did, but rarely do we see anything in the news about that stream of refugees to America.
Five months into fiscal year 2015, we have resettled 273 “refugees” from the South American country of Colombia. How this guy got to Montana as a cleaning contractor, from Arizona where he supposedly has a family, remains a mystery. Do cleaning contractors send teams out to other states? Is there no one in Montana willing to clean?
Here is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pitch on why we need to bring Colombians to America.
From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
A man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in a grocery store bathroom over the weekend was ordered held in jail Monday on $500,000 bail.
Johnny Barreiro-Guerrero, 39, has been charged with felony sexual assault, felony assault on a minor and misdemeanor indecent exposure. Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Bryan Adams set Barreiro-Guerrero’s bail.
The alleged victim, a 7-year-old girl, said that when she was in the bathroom, Barreiro-Guerrero kissed her, held her against a wall and touched her sexually. She said during the encounter, Barreiro-Guerrero also unzipped his pants and showed her his penis.
At the store, officers contacted Barreiro-Guerrero, who matched the description given by the girl. Barreiro-Guerrero only speaks Spanish, so a translator assisted a detective during an interview.
Barreiro-Guerrero, who identified himself as a Columbian refugee, said he was in the women’s bathroom cleaning when he heard the girl come in. He said he didn’t leave when the girl entered and he saw her wash her hands. [He claims not to have touched her—ed]
During Barreiro-Guerrero’s court appearance Monday, Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Jesse Bushnell requested the $500,000 bond.
Bushnell called Barreiro-Guerrero a “danger to the community” and said the “randomness” of the offense and the age of the alleged victim warranted a high bond.
Bushnell also said that Barreiro-Guerrero is a flight risk. He has no ties to Montana and had a plane ticket scheduled to leave the state Monday, Bushnell said.
Remember stories like this one when the feds promise you that refugees are very carefully screened!