Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

SJ man arrested in sex sting

Gerald McGuire. Photo: San Jose Police Department.

Gerald McGuire. Photo: San Jose Police Department.

A San Jose man was recently arrested after he allegedly went to a park to meet with a police officer who’d been posing as a “juvenile male,” San Jose police said.

Gerald Patrick McGuire, 62, allegedly posted a social media ad seeking a “younger male,” according to a news release from police. A Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force officer who was “conducting online chat as a male juvenile” responded and “had several conversations with” McGuire, who “made several incriminating statements online” directed at the officer. Additionally, police said, he “sent harmful matter to the online account of the male juvenile (Officer).”

Wednesday, McGuire allegedly arranged to meet the boy in Commodore Park, which is in East San Jose. Officers stopped McGuire and detained him, police said. McGuire was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of “sending harmful matter to a minor and contacting a minor with the intent to commit a felony,” police said.

McGuire remains in custody on $75,000 bail, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department. A court date of February 16 has been set. A public defender’s attorney has not yet been assigned to him.

Randy Attaway, a principal at AGC Mechanical in Campbell, California, where McGuire had worked as a purchasing manager, said he was “very disappointed” and “disgusted” about McGuire’s arrest, but “I’m glad that he was stopped.”

Attaway said the news was a surprise to him.

“You would never ever suspect anything,” he said. “There was absolutely no indication” that McGuire would commit such a crime.

McGuire “didn’t appear to be” gay, Attaway said, but “I would have no idea.”

He said McGuire “was let go about a month and a half ago.” There hadn’t been any performance problems or other issues, but “we needed someone to do safety, along with the role he played,” Attaway said. McGuire had worked at the company for “maybe two years.”

A call to a number listed as McGuire’s home phone wasn’t returned Friday.

Officer Enrique Garcia, a police spokesman, declined to say what the statements were that McGuire allegedly made or what the “harmful matter” was. “No new victims” have been reported, according to Garcia.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact San Jose police Detective C. Mendoza at (408) 277-4102. Those who want to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-7867, or submit a tip online.

Information leading to arrest and conviction may result in a cash reward.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 13, 2016 @ 5:41 pm PST
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