In the last few weeks, two articles buried in the TNT’s local section detailed the convictions of two men for seemingly unrelated crimal offenses. But their crimes are not only connected, but intimately so.
On July 3, Gilardo Zaldivar-Guillen, a Sumner man, had the unenviable distinction of becoming the first person convicted of patronizing a juvenile prostitute under a revised sentencing guideline (TNT 7/4).
Under this new guideline, the crime of Commercial Sex Abuse of a Minor (RCW 9.68A.100) was elevated to a Class B felony. That makes it on par with crimes such as Robbery 2nd …