WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - A woman who kidnapped her children and took them to Mexico now faces another felony charge. It's a story KXAN has been investigating for 10 months.
The Williamson County District Attorney’s Office has already charged Alicia Gomez with aggravated kidnapping for taking her 9 and 12-year-old sons to Mexico despite court orders granting custody to their father.
Today a Williamson County Grand Jury indicted her on another charge of tampering with a witness.
In May KXAN reported how Gomez had illegally taken the children out of the United States, fleeing to avoid prosecution and had been in hiding for more than a year until investigators tracked her to Orizaba, Mexico.
Last month KXAN reported Gomez Williamson County investigators orchestrated a plan to get the children back by putting pressure on Alicia's family members and arresting her Aunt for aiding in the kidnapping. With additional charges looming against additional family members, Gomez agreed to bring the children to the border in Nuevo Laredo.
The two boys were reunited with their Dad, Stephen James, in Laredo and they're back home with him now. Gomez did not cross the border because she would have been arrested on the aggravated kidnapping charge if she did.
In the arrest warrant affidavit, obtained by KXAN today, investigators accuse Gomez of trying to get her sons to lie to CPS workers, specifically telling one of the children to say his father molested him.
Investigators and forensic interviewers say there is no proof this happened, and both children deny it ever happened. Investigators also say Gomez tried to coerce the boys to lie to CPS about their father in the past.
Since the children are witnesses in the kidnapping case against Gomez, she is now charged with tampering with a witness, which is a first degree felony.
Investigators believe Gomez is still in Mexico. If she tries to cross the border she'll be arrested immediately. Gomez did not cross the border when she relinquished the children because she would have immediately been arrested on the aggravated kidnapping charge if she did.
Her total bond is set at $970,000.
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