A Sumner man convicted earlier this month of commercial sex abuse of a minor — the first verdict of its kind in the county, and possibly the state — was sentenced in King County Superior Court this afternoon to 21 months in prison.
Gildardo Zaldivar-Guillen was convicted of a crime that became a Class B felony in June 2010, when a new state law went into effect that increased penalties for pimps and customers who profit from or pay for sex with prostituted juveniles.
Zaldivar-Guillen, 41, faced a standard sentence of 21 to 27 months in prison. Before the law went into effect, first-time offenders convicted of paid sex with a minor faced a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail.
While other male customers, or johns, have been charged in King County with commercial sex abuse of a minor, they ultimately pleaded guilty to lesser charges, according to court records and King County prosecutors.
Under state law, someone is guilty of commercial sex abuse of a minor if he or she pays a minor or third party — usually a pimp — for sex or “solicits, offers or requests” to engage in sexual conduct with a minor.
The change in the law also will require Zaldivar-Guillen to register as a sex offender for 15 years after he is released from custody.