NC Inmate Accused Of Kidnap, Rape After Mistakenly Released

10:19 AM, Jul 20, 2011   |    comments
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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.





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