A Cherokee County grand jury has indicted a man on charges that he kidnapped a boy in March, and have additionally charged him with molesting two other children.

Gerardo Lopez-Martinez, 34, of Acworth, is accused of abducting a boy, choking him, punching his face and holding a knife to his throat March 26, according to a 10-count indictment filed Sept. 14.

In his arrest warrant, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies say Lopez-Martinez took the boy, a 14-year-old, from his home in southwest Cherokee County and held a knife to him as he took him across the street behind a bush, where he punched and kicked him. The warrant says the boy’s mother was Lopez-Martinez’s girlfriend.

Lopez-Martinez had been out on bond from other charges, authorities say, and visited the house in violation of conditions for his release.

Lopez-Martinez is facing additional felony charges of child molestation dating back to 2015. He’s accused of molesting one girl between 2015 and 2016, and another in December 2020, according to the indictment.

He remains in custody at the Cherokee County jail without bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

An indictment is a formal charge of felony offenses, and defendants are assumed innocent until proven guilty.


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