Woodstock Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Child Molestation

Romualdo De Pedraza, a 27-year-old resident of Woodstock, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for child molestation and cruelty to children. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported that De Pedraza sexually assaulted a girl under the age of 10.

The incident came to light when a family member called 911 to report the allegations. In August 2020, the victim participated in a forensic interview, where she recounted the traumatic events. Her testimony was crucial in the subsequent legal proceedings.

During the trial, six witnesses were called to the stand, including law enforcement officers and an expert in forensic interviews and child abuse dynamics. The prosecution presented 18 pieces of evidence, including a video recording of the girl’s forensic interview. The trial spanned four days, with the jury taking four hours to deliberate before reaching a guilty verdict.

Following the conviction, De Pedraza was sentenced to 30 years in prison. After serving his sentence, he will be on probation for life for aggravated child molestation and first-degree cruelty to children.

Assistant District Attorney Meaghan Frankish highlighted the gravity of the crime in her statement. “Nearly four years ago, this defendant told an innocent child they were just playing a game, then committed unspeakable sexual acts on her,” she said. Frankish also praised the family member who reported the crime, saying, “A family member became her hero when he called 911 and ensured that this crime would be investigated and prosecuted, giving her the justice she deserves.”

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This case underscores the importance of prompt reporting and thorough investigation in bringing perpetrators of such heinous acts to justice and providing closure and

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