SANDY SPRINGS, GA — A former Dekalb County corrections officer who fled his October 2017 trial before his conviction on statutory rape and child molestation charges remains at large and a reward has been offered to aid in his capture. Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for anyone who has information leading to the location of Charles Barry Pinckney, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Unit and the United States Marshal Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force note Pinckney has ties to Atlanta, Brunswick and Miami. A Fulton County jury on Oct. 30, 2017, convicted Pinckney on charges of statutory rape, child molestation and sexual battery (For more news like this, find your local Patch here. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app; download the free Patch Android app here).
Pinckney encountered the victim, who was 15 at the time, outside an apartment complex in Cobb County the night of Jan. 19, 2016. The girl said she was waiting on a friend when she was approached by Pinckney, who "lured the victim into his car by offering her a warm place to sit," the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said.
After accepting his invitation, Pinckney drove the girl back to his apartment in the 700 block of Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. After they arrived at the residence, Pinckney fed the victim and told her to take a shower. Soon after, Pinckney forced himself onto the girl, who told police she said "no" and tried to fight him off. However, Pinckney overpowered the victim, continued his attack and later drove the teen back to the Cobb County apartment complex.
The teen told her mother what happened and she was taken to the hospital for treatment. Sandy Springs police investigators arrested Pinckney on Feb. 4, 2016, and the defendant maintained the encounter was consensual. Even though he disappeared, the trial continued and after his conviction, he was sentenced to 45 years in prison. The judge in a case issued failure to appear bench warrants for his re-arrest.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said Pinckney is considered armed and dangerous, so residents are advised not to approach him. Instead, the public should call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) with any information about the fugitive’s location.
Photo: Charles Pinckney. Credit: Fulton County Sheriff’s Department