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Mother, son deported in rape, evidence tampering case
Pedro Andres
Pedro Andres

One Gainesville man’s rape case and his mother’s over alleged tampering with evidence were moved to the dead docket after both were removed from the country, according to court documents.

The transfer to the dead docket means it is unlikely that the case will be tried in court.

Maria Andres-Tomas
Maria Andres-Tomas

Ramiro Pedro-Andres was charged in a December 2018 indictment with rape, aggravated child molestation and child molestation. His mother, Maria Andres-Tomas, was charged in the same indictment with tampering with evidence and making a false statement.

According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Pedro-Andres was accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl Nov. 30, 2017, in Gainesville. Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times the victim and Pedro-Andres were acquainted.

Ware wrote in a previous news release Andres-Tomas later burned “the victim’s clothing and a blanket in (an) attempt to protect/prevent the successful apprehension and prosecution of her son … for the crime of child molestation.”

Both had immigration holds.

According to courthouse paperwork filed Dec. 12 moving the case to the dead docket, both Pedro-Andres and Andres-Tomas were not U.S. citizens.

When they were granted a bond and released, both of them were taken into federal custody, removed from the country and barred from returning.

“Therefore, the state of Georgia has no reasonable expectation that the defendant will be located and brought before this court in the foreseeable future. For these reasons, this case should be and hereby is transferred to the dead docket until such time as the defendant may be apprehended on the outstanding bench warrant and brought before this court,” according to the transfer paperwork.

Pedro-Andres’ attorney Matt Leipold declined to comment, and Andres-Tomas’ attorney did not return a request for comment Thursday, Jan. 9.