Suspect Identified Via Efforts of GASAKI Task Force

Decatur, Ga.- An alleged serial rapist linked to eight sexual assault cold case crimes, including five in DeKalb County, has been apprehended. 58-year-old Wesley Cooley was arrested near his Conyers home on February 24, 2020 by the Fugitive and K9 Units of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Cooley, charged with Rape, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond. Additional charges are pending. 

The current charge against Cooley stems from the April 2017 rape of a female victim in Tucker. He was identified as a suspect in February 2020 following a positive DNA match. Further investigation revealed that DNA evidence from that 2017 crime also links the same attacker to seven other unsolved sexual assault cases throughout metro Atlanta, including four in DeKalb, two in Atlanta, and one in Conyers. The crimes span a period of more than 20 years, dating back to 1999. The victims range in age from 15 to 38 at the time of the respective offenses.

Governor's Office Update on COVID-19

Yesterday evening, Governor Kemp, DPH Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, and state officials confirmed Georgia’s first cases of COVID-19 involving two individuals in Fulton County. State health leaders, emergency management officials, and the Governor's office have been in constant communication with federal and local partners. 

Georgia Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Expanded

The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Georgia Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (GA SAKI). Up until now, the GA SAKI Task Force (Task Force) has been solely focused on leading the investigation and prosecution of cold case sexual assaults that result from testing previously unsubmitted or untested sexual assault kits. This expansion will allow the Task Force to use grant funds obtained by CJCC to aid jurisdictions statewide

in the investigation and genetic testing of cold case homicides with sexual assault components and 

in unidentified serial sexual assault cases.

CJCC's National Crime Victims' Rights Week Kick-off Ceremony

Please join us for a ceremony honoring National Crime Victims' Rights Week on Thursday, April 16, 2020! The ceremony will take place in the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Auditorium from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be OVC and Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program

The Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program has received multiple reports that the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is being used as part of an imposter scam targeting individuals throughout the country.

Criminal Case Data Exchange Board Meeting

The next Criminal Case Data Exchange Board Meeting will be:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Georgia Technology Authority
47 Trinity Avenue S.W. 
7th Floor, GTA Boardroom
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

If you have any questions, you may contact Robert Thornton at 404-657-1966.

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Full Council Meeting

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Full Council Meeting will be Thursday, October 10, 2019  via conference call at 1-800-250-2600, participant pin: 56014502#. If you need more information, please contact Rachel Kilgore at 404-657-1956.

Victim Assistance Committee Meeting

The Victim Assistance Committee of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will hold its next meeting on October 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the State Bar of Georgia.

GA Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force Open Enrollment

Instructions to apply for Membership:

The Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force will hold an open enrollment period to apply for 2019 membership from Monday, October 1, 2019, to Monday, November 30, 2019 for new and existing members. Please follow the directions below.

 

Contact Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator

Erica Mortonson

Primary: 

(404) 654-1814

[email protected]

 

If you would like to apply for 2019 membership, please fill out bothMembership Application and Letter of Commitment, applications below. 

2020 Task Force Membership Application

2020 Task Force Letter of Commitment 

If you have any questions, you may contact Erica Mortonson.

Criminal Case Data Exchange Board Meeting

The next Criminal Case Data Exchange Board Meeting will be:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Georgia Technology Authority
47 Trinity Avenue S.W. 
7th Floor, GTA Boardroom
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

If you have any questions, you may contact Robert Thornton at 404-657-1966.