An unlawful entry charge filed by police in October against D.C. gay business leader Mark Guenther will be dismissed in four months if Guenther successfully completes community service work under a deferred prosecution program approved Dec. 13 by a D.C. Superior Court judge.
D.C. police charged Guenther, executive director of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, with entering a male neighbor’s apartment without permission at 3 a.m. on Oct. 26.
A police charging document says Guenther emailed the neighbor to apologize for his action shortly after the neighbor, who was in bed, told him to leave the apartment. Guenther lives in an apartment across the hall from the neighbor’s apartment in a building on the 1400 block of Chapin Street, N.W., according to the charging document.
At a Dec. 13 court hearing, Judge Marisa J. Demeo approved a joint request by Guenther’s attorney and the prosecutor that Guenther be admitted into what officials call a deferred prosecution-diversion program involving community service work. Demeo left in place her earlier order that he stay away from the neighbor whose complaint led to the arrest.
The judge scheduled a status hearing for April 12, when she is expected to dismiss the charge after determining that Guenther fulfilled his obligations under the program.
Guenther and his attorney and the complainant have declined to comment on the case.