Roanoke Rapids, NC -- A North Carolina prison worker has resigned after mistakenly releasing an inmate accused of kidnapping and raping a woman the next day.
Authorities say caseworker James Smith Jr. was supposed to release 38-year-old Antwaan Clanton to Halifax County deputies last week after he finished serving two years at the Odom Correctional Facility on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense.
But officials say Clanton was set free instead and attacked and raped a woman sitting in her car in the Halifax Medical Center parking lot the next day.
Prison officials say Smith failed to check a court database for pending charges before releasing Clanton.
Clanton remains in the Halifax County Detention Center. It was unclear if he had an attorney.