Cherokee Judicial Circuit Judge D. Scott Smith rejected a motion to lower bond for a Cartersville man accused of committing several sex crimes against a minor in Bartow Superior Court Tuesday.
According to Bartow County Sheriff’s Office records, 22-year-old Cristian Adoni Gomez is charged with four counts of child molestation stemming from offenses alleged to have occurred on May 26, 2018.
Cherokee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Jana W. Allen said the alleged victim is between the ages of 11-13 and is believed to be the younger sister of the defendant’s brother-in-law.
“His case has been indicted and he has been in custody, it looks like, since June 1, 2018,” said public defender LeAnna Wade. “We are asking the court to consider reducing his bond — his bond is currently set in the amount of $30,000.”
Wade said the defendant’s immediate family resides in Bartow County and is “of limited means.” She also said that Gomez has one previous conviction for driving without a valid license, which BSCO records indicate occurred on Aug. 19, 2017.
“I believe one of the previous conditions we had added was that he would agree to waive extradition if he violates any conditions of his bond, as well as no contact with any minors,” Wade said.
She also said the defendant has a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold.
“He understands that he would have to be processed through immigration and go through their bonding process in order to actually be released from custody,” she said.
Judge Smith cited the severity of the charges, as well as the ICE hold, as reasons for denying Wade’s motion to halve Gomez’s bond to $15,000.
“If it wasn’t a situation where he had an immigration hold on him, given the length of time he’s been in custody, it would be within the court’s aim to lower this,” he said. “He’s got less than close ties to this community, because he’s not a citizen here, evidently.”
The State expects the criminal jury trial to begin in roughly two months.
“If it does not get reached for some reason in June, we will readdress it at that point in time,” Smith said, “but I assume this will be a priority case, since he’s in custody.”