Gainesville Man Arrested in Rape Investigation

GAINESVILLE - An investigation by the Hall County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of a man in connection with a rape that allegedly occurred in late May off of West Ridge Road.

Jose Tomas Pedro, 21, of Gainesville, was arrested by Sheriff's Deputies on Thursday, June 11 at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters. He was also charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.

In a release, the Sheriff's Office said that deputies responded to the initial call about the rape on Sunday, May 31. They met with the victim, a female juvenile, as she was being treated at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

According to the initial investigation, Pedro met the underage victim through social media. A relative of Pedro is said to have driven him to meet the victim. The relative dropped the two off at Pedro's house on Georgia Avenue where he allegedly provided the victim alcohol and sexually assaulted her in the early morning hours of May 31.

The Sheriff's Office added that Pedro's relative drove the victim back to her neighborhood later that morning but did not know what had occurred. The relative does not face charges at this time.

Pedro remains in the Hall County Jail without bond. The case is still being investigated by the Hall County Sheriff's Office.