On Friday, May 13, 2014, Efrey Guzman was found not guilty of assault, including biting the penis of a 20-year-old man, and attempted rape of the man’s mother. A jury in a Salt Lake courtroom turned him free after hearing a very bizarre story during the course of a 5-day trial.
In August, 2012, Mr Guzman, who is a branch president of the LDS Church, approached the home of a family in order to offer help. The family, emigrants from Haiti, had been through a very disturbing experience. In May, 2012, the family’s 13-year-old daughter was groped by a family friend whom the family could not describe to police beyond his name, Frank. Guzman was mistaken for Frank when he came to the family’s door some months later. The woman who answered knocked Guzman unconscious with an umbrella, then proceeded to bite him up and down his body.
Guzman’s defense attorney, Bel-Ami de Montreaux said, “There was a 911 tape where the girl was screaming to 911, ‘We have him; we’re not going to let him go. Hurry up! I know my mama, she’s going to kill him,’” de Montreaux said. “President Guzman left that day covered in bite marks even a pit bull could not administer to a human being.”
Photo of girl biting corndog for illustration purposes only.
The story the mad mama told was quite different. She claimed Guzman came to her door crazed with desire to get at the 13-year-old. He pushed the mother up against the wall, tried to kiss her, tore her shirt and fondled her breast. While she was fighting him off she called for her son, who came out dressed only in boxer shorts. She said Guzman bit the boy’s penis.
Mr de Montreaux explained, “Our contention is in the process of biting the crap out of him, after they knocked him unconscious when he opened the door, the woman, thinking she was biting [Guzman’s] penis, ended up biting her son’s penis. That’s what happened. That’s what the jury believed. They came back in two hours with a not-guilty verdict on all counts.” The mother defended her story, although she admitted biting Guzman “only after what had allegedly been done to her son.”
“I bit him on his face after I saw [my son’s] injury,” she claimed last year. “I was punching him and biting him, and when his hand was on my breast I bit his arm, and I would do it again, too!”
Guzman, who had been released from his job as a branch president when the accusations were made, hopes to get his old job back. My hope is if he does the LDS Church will remove the responsibility for that family.
Like I said, you can’t make this stuff up.