Atlanta, GA – Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, Jr. today announces a conviction by a Fulton County Superior Court jury of CHARLES PINCKNEY for the December 20, 2016 rape of a 15-year-old girl.
The juvenile victim encountered CHARLES PINCKNEY outside of an apartment complex in Cobb County the night of December 19, 2016. The victim reported waiting on a friend when she was approached by CHARLES PINCKNEY. At the time, PINCKNEY was employed as a DeKalb County Corrections Officer. On that cold December night, PINCKNEY lured the victim into his car by offering her a warm place to sit. After the victim accepted his invitation, PINCKNEY drove her to his apartment. After they arrived, the defendant fed the victim and directed her to take a shower. PICKNEY then got on top of her and forced her to have sex. The victim said she told the defendant “no” and tried to fight him off. PINCKNEY then bit the victim’s chest and held her down by her wrists. Later that day, PINCKNEY drove the victim back to the apartment complex in Cobb County where he picked her up.
The victim later told her mother she was raped by CHARLES PINCKNEY. After hearing the grueling details, the victim’s mother immediately rushed her to the hospital where bite marks were discovered on her chest as well as multiple lacerations to her vaginal area.
CHARLES PINCKNEY was arrested on February 4, 2016. PINCKNEY maintained in his account of the incident to authorities that the sex was consensual. PINCKNEY fled during the trial on October 27, 2017 which was the day of closing arguments. As a result, the State requested a bench warrant and a revocation of bond which the judge granted. The U.S. Marshals Task Force is currently searching for Charles Pinckney.
CHARLES PINCKNEY was convicted Monday, October 30, 2017 of the following charges:
- Statutory Rape
- Child Molestation
- Sexual Battery
He was sentenced to 45 years to serve in prison.
Visiting former Cobb County Superior Court Judge Grant Brantley presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney, Johnquel Elaine Neal with the assistance of Assistant District Attorney, Alain Fernandez as well as Investigator, Troy Grisby of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit. Detective Sandy Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department led the initial investigation.