Crime

Two charges dropped against suspected North End rapist

Burglary and battery charges brought last month against Andy Gallegos have been dismissed because of the statute of limitations.

Gallegos, 26. was accused of an attempted rape of a woman in a North End home in June 2009. The charges have a five-year statute of limitations, so Gallegos would have needed to have been charged by June 2014 to face prosecution.

The Garden City man is scheduled to go to trial in August on charges of rape, attempted rape and two counts of burglary stemming from two incidents in 2010.

A woman reported an attempted rape Aug. 29, 2010, at her home in the North End. The suspect smothered the victim with a blanket and punched her in the face. Police found blood on the bed and wall.

On Sept. 16, 2010, a woman was raped in a North End home. The victim initially thought her boyfriend had awakened her. When she realized it was a stranger, her screams alerted neighbors.

When he was arrested in January, Gallegos was also charged in the rape of a woman in Winstead Park by three men in July 2009. That charge was dismissed in February after prosecutors determined the encounter was consensual.

In Idaho, rape, murder, voluntary manslaughter, terrorism and sexual abuse of a child do not carry a statute of limitations.

Gallegos remains in the Ada County Jail on $2 million bond.

Gallegos was previously convicted on two counts of battery, after being accused in a series of 12 groping incidents that took place in Boise and Meridian between 2006 and 2008.

All 12 victims, who ranged in age from 15 to 72, picked a photo of Gallegos out of a photo lineup of six photos as the man who accosted them. The incidents took place near neighborhoods where Gallegos lived.

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