01/08/2012 8:50PM

Parx reaffirms intent to ban Guerrero for 10 years

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Charges against trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero were dropped, but Parx Racing intends to stick with its 10-year ban, claiming Guerrero is a potential danger to all women on the backstretch.

Though charges of indecent assault were dropped against trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero last week, Parx Racing will still enforce a 10-year ban of Guerrero it meted out last month, according to the track’s attorney.

 “The information we have indicates that Mr. Guerrero is a potential threat to all the women of our backstretch and we will not lift our Ejection [sic] of him,’’ according to an e-mail sent by Parx assistant general counsel Frank McDonnell to the Philadelphia Daily News on Sunday. “We believe the District Attorney used improper judgment and reasoning in not presenting the case to a jury, particularly since Mr. Guerrero admitted his conduct to the Bensalem Police. Additionally, the DA's office, Parx Security, and the Bensalem Police all found the victim to be 100-percent credible in her allegation of unconsented physical touching.’’

Guerrero was charged with indecent assault without consent, a misdemeanor, for improper touching of a Parx female employee on Nov. 16.

On Dec. 21, Guerrero, the leading trainer at Parx, was banned from the track for 10 years for the incident. Since Dec. 27, Guerrero’s horses have been running under the name of his brother Guadalupe.

Last Wednesday, the District Attorney for Bucks County (Pa.) dropped the charges against Juan Carlos Guerrero before a magisterial district court judge.

Guerrero is scheduled to appear at a hearing before the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission on Jan. 17 in Harrisburg, Pa., on the matter of his eviction notice from Parx.

Guerrero was Parx’s leading trainer in 2011 with 131 wins from 386 starters and purse earnings of $3,069,510. In 2011, Guerrero ranked 13th nationally in wins with 145 and 30th in purse earnings with $3,400,295.