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Gay business leader arrested for late night entry into male neighbor’s apartment

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — The leader of the D.C.-area gay and lesbian chamber of commerce, and recipient of the 2012 Chamber of the Year award, was arrested earlier this month and charged with unlawful entry, according to court records obtained by LGBTQ Nation.

Mark Guenther
Photo courtesy Joe Tresh, Joe Tresh Photography.

Mark Guenther, Executive Director of CAGLCC (Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) was charged Nov. 5 by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia after a male neighbor in Guenther’s apartment building was awakened at 3 a.m. on October 26 to find Guenther standing over his bed while he had been asleep.

The complainant told police that he yelled at Guenther, causing him to flee from the apartment; moments later, he said he heard Guenther’s door shut from across the hall.

The complaint stated that Guenther sent him an e-mail several hours later apologizing for, and acknowledging, the intrusion.

Metropolitan Police investigators showed the victim a picture of Guenther on November 5, whom he positively identified as the person who had entered his dwelling without his permission or knowledge and “who was standing over me as I slept.”

Guenther was arrested later that day on a single charge of unlawful entry and released.

The charging documents did not indicate how Guenther gained access to the complainant’s apartment, or how he knew the complainant’s email address.

Further court appearances are pending in the case. Guenther and his attorney both declined to comment on the case when contacted by LGBTQ Nation Tuesday.

Guenther took the position as Executive Director of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce two and half years ago and has brought the chamber national recognition, including the prestigious Chamber of the Year 2012 award by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, according to Laura Berry, Director of Communications for the NGLCC.

Berry declined to comment on the legal case now facing Guenther.

Guenther has also headed up CAGLCC’s hosting of the LGBTQ gala event G-life, a major business event showcasing the LGBTQ business community in Washington on Saturday, November 17.

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  1. WHAT?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:37pm
  2. Silly homo :)

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:38pm
  3. Creeper.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:40pm
  4. Your Honor, look how adorable he is. You know you can’t resist b&e and stalking. Come on be honest…… Ugh

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:40pm
  5. Sad part is, I got the same charge he did for Occupying a public park and feeding the homeless. Criminal trespassing. Everything’s so effed up.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:42pm
  6. I’m thinking that there is more to the story than is being told. The fact that Guenther later emailed the offended neighbor suggests that at one point the relationship was at least close enough to exchange email addresses. Also, there is no mention of how he got into the apt.. Did he perhaps have a key?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:49pm
  7. Why could be me

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:50pm
  8. what the hell? People like that give the lgbt community a bad name. Inexcusable. He should have known better.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:51pm
  9. @Jim Roberson: My guess is he picked the lock…it’s surprisingly easy to do with standard apt door locks. Either way, he was obviously unwanted there, which still makes it breaking and entering.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:52pm
  10. You realize from the news that we’re only getting a portion of the story, and we’ll never get the full thing. What happened was weird, and kind creepy, but I think there’s something more going on here.

    I hope he gets help, it sounds like he needs help.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:10pm
  11. Also, if some rich straight white guy does soemthing weird like this, we don’t start saying he gives a bad name to straight white guys, and I’m not saying it’s the same, but there’s more to look at here that we don’t know.

    So maybe we should stop looking at it like he’s giving the LGBT community a bad name, and just say he’s a guy that did something fucked up and needs to get help because of that outburst.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:12pm
  12. We should probably withhold judgment not until… But period. We don’t know people, we don’t know their circumstance and we certainly don’t know they’re character, at least not from an article. I knew Mark years.ago. This seems out of character. I wish him the best.

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:07am
  13. This may be another A-type exhibiting Z-type behavior (See FDR, JFK, Clinton, Schwarzenegger (sp?), Patraeus, et al, unfortunately this time allegedly criminal, but how did he get in or know the e-mail? TBD.

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:34am
  14. I am gay. And with that. I am for Equal Rights. And with that…comes Equal Judgement. Gay or Straight. That is really a very very creepy thing to do and I would have him arrested as well. What the hell was he thinking? ESPECIALLY GOING INSIDE AND STANDING OVER HIM WHILE HE WAS ASLEEP! That is really creepy and so horror movie like. Honestly. I’da beat the world out of him. In a justice way. I am glad he is getting this style of humiliation. Only thing I am sad was the fact he was gay. But, hey he is testing our Equal Rights. Just because you are gay does NOT mean you get special privileges from horrible acts!

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:41am
  15. I wish he would come in my door … ha. No, seriously, maybe he got the wrong door coming home sleepy and exhausted, and didn’t know where he was.

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:12am
  16. Well, gays can be creepers too. Equal opportunity.

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:29am
  17. creep.

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:02am
  18. Obviously they knew each other, well. he must have had a key and he knew the neighbor’s email address. Im sure there is a break-up story in here somewhere and he was despondent. Shit happens, he apologized and admits to the intrusion. Not thinking clearly because of emotions. Move on.

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:49am
  19. There’s something fishy here…..must’ve had access for some reason and he had the guy’s email…….this is all so frivolous

    Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:54am
  20. Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:02pm