A Walla Walla man who pleaded guilty in 2014 to conspiracy to commit a drive-by shooting was arrested Wednesday for first-degree child rape and appeared in court this morning.

Gerald C. Gonzalez Jr., 26, is accused of raping an 8-year-old boy on June 1. Police say the boy was swimming at a friend’s home on Martha Street when the assault occurred, court records stated. Gonzalez also visited the home and appeared to be “on drugs,” according to court records.

The boy later told his mother of the assault, records stated, and he was interviewed by a Child Protective Services investigator.

In the 2014 case, Gonzalez made a plea deal with prosecutors to have several other charges dropped related to his involvement in a 2013 drive-by shooting in Walla Walla that injured a man and woman. His sentence included 49 days in jail with credit for 49 served.

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