THOMASVILLE — A Thomas County man charged last year with rape, aggravated assault and kidnapping involving a relative entered a guilty plea in Thomas County Superior Court.

Charley Jerry Chaney, 48, entered a guilty plea to aggravated assault with intent to rape, false imprisonment and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Judge Frank Horkan set sentencing for Chaney for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 11, in the third-floor courtroom at the Thomas County Courthouse.

The relative, in her late teens, said Chaney told her to go to a north bypass truck stop to pick up a check he had for her. The woman told Thomas County Sheriff’s Office investigators she got into the Freightliner Chaney was operating.

Chaney subsequently told the woman he was tired of her teasing him. The victim said that when she tried to leave, Chaney put a knife to her throat and demanded oral sex. When she refused, Chaney struck her with his hand, an incident report showed at the time of the crime.

According to the report, Chaney used the knife to cut off the victim’s bra and panties and raped her.

Chaney, who will remain free on bond until the sentencing, was convicted of simple battery (family violence) in August 2000. A family-violence charge was nolle-prossed in 2004, Thomas County court records showed in July. He also has been convicted of several traffic offenses.

A Thomas County Superior Court jury found a 52-year-old man who fired shots at a Thomasville Police Department officer in July guilty of aggravated assault on a peace officer and battery.

Horkan sentenced Jobe Crawford to 20 years in prison, serve 15.

Officer Stacy Roberts responded to a complaint about an assault in the 700 block of Wright Street. When the officer arrived, he saw a man standing on the front porch of the victim’s house. When Roberts got out of his patrol car, Crawford ran.

At the time of the incident, police Chief David Huckstep said that as soon as Roberts gave chase, Crawford turned and fired at the officer.

Roberts was not hit.

In addition to the charge for shooting at Roberts, Crawford was charged with battery on the woman in the July incident. He has served a prison term for a burglary conviction.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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