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News Rape charges dropped on Cashiers man being deported

Efrain MoralesAssistant District Attorney Heather Baker dismissed the charges against a Cashiers man accused of rape late last month, for lack of conclusive evidence.

On the evening of August 30, Jackson County Sheriff’s Officers arrested 30-yearold Efrain Ubera Morales, of Amethyst Drive in Cashiers. According to JCSO Major Shannon Queen, the suspect was arrested without incident while trying to pay a traffic ticket. “He tried to pay the ticket and an officer recognized him while he was in the magistrate’s office,” said Queen.

The arrest followed an investigation that began on Aug. 14, when officers received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred in the Cashiers area. According to reports, the victim was a 34-yearold Caucasian woman from Cashiers. The primary suspect in the case was described as about 5’6 to 6’0 tall Hispanic male, brown eyes, and black spiked hair.

Morales was facing felony charges of first degree burglary and first degree rape, and was held on a $500,000 secured bond. The suspect was released on Sept. 13 after Baker dismissed the case. Morales is currently in the “deportation process” after having faced the charges, according to JCSO Major Shannon Queen.





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