A convicted former DeKalb corrections officer who fled during his rape trial may be hiding in Glynn County, authorities said.
Charles Pinckney has been on the run since Oct. 27, the day of closing arguments in his trial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Pinckney was convicted and subsequently sentenced to 45 years for raping a 15-year-old girl inside his Atlanta home in December 2016.
Pinckney has immediate family in the Glynn County area and “there is credible information he is in the area,” officials said in a Facebook post.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Unit is working with the United States Marshals Service on the case.
“Thanksgiving is a heavy travel period for many Georgians so anyone who comes in contact with Pinckney is advised not to approach him,” the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
A judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
Officials are asking anyone with information regarding Pinckney’s whereabouts to contact them with tips. Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org.
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