Transexual Female, Former Police Officer, Charged with Sexual Battery on Several Children
Last updated 8/16/2022 at 1:16pm
INVERNESS – The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a former Miami-Dade Police Officer, who is facing several charges of sexual misconduct with children.
According to officials, on June 30, 2022, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) was contacted by the parent of a juvenile victim in reference to incidents involving sexual activity. The parent told deputies that they had overheard the juvenile victim talking about a second juvenile victim engaging in sexual activity with the suspect, 33-year-old Diana Elizabeth Guevara of Inverness. The first juvenile victim also told the complainant that Guevara had sent explicit photos and videos to them on social media. Detective Tony Ricci with the CCSO Special Victims Unit (SVU) was assigned this case and immediately began an investigation.
During separate interviews throughout this investigation, several juvenile victims disclosed sexual activity with Guevara at her residence in Inverness. Detective Ricci also obtained evidence supporting the victims' statements of both the sexual activity and the explicit images sent via social media.
Guevara was arrested on July 13,2022 at her residence and charged with one count of Transmitting Harmful Materials to a Minor, one count of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors, and four counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery.
She is being held at the Citrus County Jail with a bond of $47,000.00.
"Guevara manipulated the young victims in this case and then took advantage of them," said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. "She was able to foster a relationship with one victim and identify her next victims through them, showing a pattern of predatory behavior. This conduct will not be tolerated in Citrus County, and the SVU detectives will work tirelessly to bring justice to these young victims."
It should be noted that Guevara is a biological male who had transition surgery in 2017 to become a woman. Guevara is also a former Miami-Dade Police Officer, who left the department after injuring her hand.
Officials have not released the ages or genders of the alleged victims.