- Story Highlights
- Charles Pinckney was a no-show for the final day of his trial.
- He was convicted Monday of statutory rape, child molestation and sexual battery.
- U.S. Marshals have joined the search for Pinckney.
There’s been no sign of ex-DeKalb County corrections officer Charles Pinckney since Friday, the last day of closing arguments in his rape trial.
Now, U.S. Marshals have joined the search for Pinckney, who was sentenced to 45 years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl inside his Atlanta home in December 2016.
“His whereabouts are unknown,” Fulton County District Attorney spokeswoman Nakell Williams said.
According to prosecutors, Pinckney approached the girl outside a Cobb County apartment complex on Dec. 19, 2016, as she waited for a friend in the cold.
Pinckney told the girl she could sit in his car to keep warm.
Once she accepted, he drove her to his Hammond Road apartment, forced her to take a shower and raped her.
The victim tried to fight Pinckney off, but he bit her chest and held her down by her wrists. He drove the girl back to the apartment complex where he found her.
The girl told her mother, who took her to a hospital, where officials saw the bite marks on her chest and found multiple lacerations in her vaginal area.
Pinckney told authorities during his arrest that the sex was consensual.
A Fulton County Superior Court jury on Monday did not buy it and found him guilty of statutory rape, child molestation and sexual battery.
Due to his failure to show up for court, a judge revoked Pinckney’s bond and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
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