CONVICTED CHILD RAPIST RELEASED “IN ERROR” FROM GEORGIA PRISON
October 29, 2019
Joshua Rhett Miller
A convicted child rapist was somehow able to waltz out of a Georgia prison — and red-faced authorities are scrambling to find him.
Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez was “released in error” early Friday from Rogers State Prison in Reidsville, the Georgia Department of Corrections admitted in a statement Monday.
It’s unclear exactly how Munoz-Mendez, 31, got out, but the embarrassing incident is part of an ongoing “full internal investigation,” a corrections spokeswoman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In 2015, Munoz-Mendez received three life sentences for raping and molesting a girl under the age of 10 at a home in Lilburn, WSB-TV reports.
A year earlier, Munoz-Mendez claimed he was innocent in a letter to a judge asking to be reunited with his children outside the country, according to the station.
“I have no family here in the United States to help me out and I have to rely on myself on everything and it’s hard,” he wrote. “I know I’m innocent.”
Munoz-Mendez was in the United States illegally at the time of his arrest, WGCL reports.
“The priority of the GDC is apprehending the offender as quickly as possible and at this time we have all resources focused on the search,” corrections officials told the station in a statement. “As soon as the error was discovered the GDC immediately put those resources into place.”
The Georgia Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit and the US Marshals are involved in the manhunt. Corrections officials had no update to provide as of Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman told The Post.
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