A Cuyahoga Falls man is wanted for failing to appear at his arraignment last summer after being indicted for allegedly punishing a juvenile with a 2x4.
Charles Edward Hicks, 38, of Cuyahoga Falls was indicted Aug. 10, 2012, on charges of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, endangering children, a second-degree felony; and domestic violence, a third-degree felony. According to the indictment, a grand jury found that Hicks committed felonious assault when he caused or attempted to cause physical harm to a 14-year-old child by means of a "deadly weapon" -- a 2x4 plank of wood.
Jurors found he committed the crime of endangering children when he "recklessly" administered corporal punishment in a "cruel" manner, "resulting in serious physical harm to … a child under 18," according to the indictment .
Hicks failed to appear for his arraignment on Aug. 22, 2012, said April Wiesner, director of communications for Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.
A warrant for his arrest was issued by the Summit County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 11, according to Kelly A. Pongracz, clerical supervisor for the Sheriff's Identification and Records Bureau. The warrant remains active, Pongracz said.
Hicks was arrested by Cuyahoga Falls police on June 27, 2012, at his apartment on Americana Drive. Details of the incident are not available. According to the city's deputy law director, Hope Jones, the police report is not public record because the initial report was child abuse.
Hicks is described as black, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 230 lbs., with brown eyes and brown hair, Pongracz said, adding that Hicks has a tattoo on his right arm but there is no description of the tattoo.
Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland of the Summit County Sheriff's Office said, "… if he is encountered by law enforcement, he will be arrested."
Anyone with information on Hicks' whereabouts can call the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 330-643-2181 (its non-emergency number).