Rape charges dropped against Macon pastor

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Macon pastor is no longer facing rape charges.

The Bibb County jail’s website shows Yohandry Bravo’s two rape charges and aggravated child molestation charge have been dropped. The website also says Bravo was released from jail Monday around 8:45 a.m.

Bravo was booked in the Bibb County jail and charged with several counts of rape in May. He was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl who was living with him and his family February 2013. Bravo served as pastor at the Ministerio Internacional Jesus es el Senor on Hawkinsville Road.

A case file from the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office says the charges were dropped because the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office didn’t fully investigate the case, there was a lack of evidence, and the victim lied to investigators.

The case file shows Bravo left town after warrants were taken out for his arrest. The victim moved with her family to Indiana. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana responded to a harassment call from the victim’s family in November 2013. The case report says the girl told investigators Bravo was harassing and stalking her. She claimed he was sending her text messages that said he was watching her. An investigation found the girl was using her home computer to send the texts to herself. The girl told investigators she did it because her mother never believed she was assaulted and she needed attention. She asked to speak to a therapist. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office closed the case and did not file charges.

The District Attorney’s note says the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office did not fully investigate this case because an investigator told the prosecuting attorney no supplemental reporting was ever done on the case. No witnesses were interviewed and there was only a half page report from a patrol deputy who took the complaint in February 2013.