Trans-Identified Male Arrested After “Manipulating” Minors Into Sexual Abuse

A trans-identified male who “manipulated” children into sexual activities was arrested last Wednesday in Citrus County, Florida. According to police, 33-year-old Diana Elizabeth Guevara fostered a relationship with one child in order to “identify [his] next victims.”

Guevara sent multiple explicit photos and videos on social media to children between the ages of 12 to 17, law enforcement officials said, adding that he also had sexual relations with a number of the children at his home in Inverness.

Police were tipped off by the mother of a youth victim on June 30 after she overheard the minor talking about the second victim having sexual contact with Guevara.

An investigation conducted by Tony Ricci, a detective at the sheriff’s office Special Victim’s Unit, revealed that during the month of July, Guevara had been sending videos and texts via Snapchat to one of the victims, stating that he had a crush on the minor and “wanted to kiss” him. Guevara then sent a follow-up video of himself stripping to his underwear.

A second victim reported that he was sexually abused after he visited Guevara’s home. A sworn testimony provided by the second victim on July 8 includes details of the assault, noting that both the teen and his friend had been regularly visiting Guevara’s home to play video games. It was on this occasion that Guevara performed oral sex on the victim, even after he told Guevara he was 16 years old.

A third teenage boy, who was 14 years old at the time of the incidents, told investigators that Guevara had sexual contact with him on four separate occasions during the months of November and December of 2021. Guevara continually requested a relationship with the boy and performed sex acts on the victim on three occasions, which escalated to intercourse. Guevara then instructed the boy not to inform law enforcement.

Two of the teens who were sexually abused said Guevara told them he was 23 years old, which was ten years younger than his actual age.

“Guevara manipulated the young victims in this case and then took advantage of them,” Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said in a press statement. “[He] was able to foster a relationship with one victim and identify her next victims through them, showing a pattern of predatory behavior.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Guevara was charged with transmitting harmful materials to minors, unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, and four counts of lewd and lascivious battery. He was held on a $47,000 bond, but, according to officials at the facility, was released from the Citrus County Detention Facility on July 21 at 2 a.m.

Guevara’s crime received little coverage by mainstream outlets, and he was referred to as a “woman” by both police and local news.

In 2017, Guevara, a former Miami-Dade Police Officer, was featured in both print news and television reports advertising the benefits of ‘gender affirming’ medical interventions through the LGBTQ Clinic at the University of Miami. In an article published by the Miami Herald, Guevara lauds having a breast augmentation as “life-changing” experience.

Guevara and Salgado in a photo dated February 2017. Photo Credit: Patrick Ferrell/TNS

Guevara’s surgeon was also featured in the article — Dr. Christopher Salgado, who was one of Jazz Jenning’s consulting doctors. Salgado was recently forced to resign from his position as a section chief at the LGBTQ Clinic at the University of Miami after he was found posting images of botched genital surgeries to his Instagram with demeaning hashtags.

Graphic images were posted to Salgado’s account, @SexSurgeon, including an X-ray of a patient’s rectum with a sex toy lodged inside, along with a derisive comment joking that a phalloplasty would have prevented the mishap.

Guevara is scheduled for a hearing on August 4.


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