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Macon pastor arrested on rape, child molestation charges

An Atlanta police traffic stop caught a Macon pastor wanted for more than two years on charges of rape and aggravated child molestation.

Yohandry Bravo, 39, was booked into the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records.

The Atlanta officer quickly learned of the warrants during the traffic stop and took Bravo to jail in Clayton County, according to the public affairs officers with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Bibb deputies drove to Clayton County to pick up Bravo, who did not face any charges in Atlanta, the officers said.

Arrest warrants were signed more than two years ago for Bravo, who is charged with raping a 16-year-old girl at his house across from Smiley’s Flea Market in January 2013.

At the time, Bravo had been a pastor for 17 years, according to his Facebook page, and was leading a congregation of between 200 and 250 people at Ministerio Internacional Jesús es el Señor on Hawkinsville Road.

Bravo’s 15-year-old son, Jose, was killed Nov. 23, 2012, after he stepped onto Hawkinsville Road to retrieve a hat that had blown out of the car he was riding in. After Jose died, a couple of families moved in with Bravo and his family.

Allegations of rape followed shortly afterward.

Bravo was regularly featured in Macon Regional Crimestoppers, but he had eluded capture.

Information from The Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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