A Gainesville man has been charged with rape and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Hall County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Jose Tomas Pedro, 21, of Gainesville Thursday following a crime that occurred in late May off of West Ridge Road.
Deputies received the initial call about the rape on Sunday, May 31, at approximately 10:45 a.m. and responded to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where the victim, a female juvenile, was being treated.
According to the initial investigation, the victim met Pedro through interactions on social media. A relative of Pedro transported him to pick up the victim in her neighborhood and dropped the two off at Pedro’s residence on Georgia Avenue where he provided her alcohol and sexually assaulted her during the early morning hours of May 31.
Pedro’s relative drove the victim back to her neighborhood later in the morning, unaware of what had occurred. The relative does not face charges at this time.
The case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
Pedro remained in the Hall County Jail without bond on Monday morning, June 15.