St. Bernard District Attorney Perry Nicosia today announced that Charles Williams, a 50-year-old man, has been convicted of aggravated rape of a Chalmette female. He is a career criminal with five prior convictions from other parishes. Nicosia said, “in St. Bernard his District Attorney’s Office and the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office have zero tolerance for violent crime.” The case was presented to a St. Bernard jury with Judge Jacques Sanborn presiding. The case is now set for sentencing, at which time he faces an automatic life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.
Nicosia said, “The defendant committed a reprehensible and terrifying assault on a vulnerable victim who had the courage to confront her attacker in court. The defendant has now been brought to justice and held accountable for his actions.”
District Attorney Perry M. Nicosia commented after the trial “I’m pleased with the guilty verdict handed down by the St. Bernard jurors. Justice was served.” The District Attorney said, “today’s result is another example of the partnership between his office and the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office to apprehend and convict violent offenders who prey upon the residents of St. Bernard Parish.”
He further expressed his appreciation for the residents of St. Bernard for showing up for jury duty, which is a vital part of our criminal justice system.
Nicosia is proud to recognize Assistant District Attorneys Jacque Touzet and Michael Morales for their hard work and expertise in prosecuting this case.