Former CEO of Memphis IT company indicted for rape

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Mark Giannini

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The former CEO of a Memphis IT firm has been indicted and arrested on rape charges.

Mark Giannini is charged with four counts of aggravated rape and two counts of rape.

Giannin was taken into custody by the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force in a Clearwater, Florida hotel.

The US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force out of Tampa, Florida was contacted and located Giannini at a hotel where he was apprehended without incident.

Deputies raided Giannini’s home in June and prescription pills and dozens of guns.

Gianinni is the founder and former CEO of Service Assurance, a computer and information technology company which he sold to Konica-Minolta.

A woman told police she informed a friend she was looking for extra employment.

The friend reportedly told Giannini, who the victim said showed up at her job June 17 and told her he needed a house cleaner and office help.

The woman said she called Giannini June 19 and said she was interested in some work, at which time he told her he would pick her up.

Once they arrived at his home, the woman said Giannini gave her an orange colored drink, and as she walked around, she became uncomfortable and said she wanted to go home. She said she saw strange things in the house, like a skeleton hanging in the den.

In an affidavit, the woman said Giannini grabbed her saying, “No you are not,” and raped her over a three hour period on top of an American flag towel.

Later, deputies say an employee of Giannini took the woman to a Motel 6. Her family found her at the hotel and took her to the hospital.

The woman’s family said she, “was in a mentally altered state and in and out of consciousness.”

Staff at Baptist Hospital said she was foaming at the mouth with, “similar medical conditions to a seizure or overdose.”

When investigators searched Giannini’s home they found the American flag towel, the clothes the woman said she was wearing as well as other items she described.

Deputies said they found more than $16,000 in cash, a variety of prescription drugs with no labels on the bottles and 24 guns when they searched Giannini’s property.

Deputies said Gianinni escaped from the house, but later came out of the woods, sweaty and scratched up with Viagra, an expired Desoto County Sheriff’s ID and badge, a passport, and about $1,600 in his pocket.

They locked him up for selling controlled substances, which is a felony, and that led to more charges because he had guns in his house.

He is in custody in Florida and will be extradited to Memphis.