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Convicted rapist caught in Kentucky after mistaken release from Georgia prison

A convicted felon who was accidentally released from a Georgia prison was arrested in Kentucky on Wednesday, authorities said.

Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez, 31, was arrested in Fort Thomas, which is near Cincinnati and the Ohio border, the Georgia Department of Corrections said. He was arrested about 10:30 p.m. by GDC, U.S. Marshals and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

He was released “in error” from Rogers State Prison in Reidsville about noon Friday, department spokeswoman Lori Benoit previously said.

It’s not clear what led to his release.

He was convicted of rape and aggravated child molestation in Gwinnett County, according to GDC records. He was accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a 7-year-old girl that he knew, Channel 2 Action News reported.

As he awaited his trial, Munoz-Mendez wrote the judge hearing his case a letter claiming he was innocent and saying he wanted to get back to his children, Channel 2 reported.

“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,” the letter said, in part. “I know I’m innocent.”

Munoz-Mendez had been in prison since April 2015 and was serving three life sentences, records show.

The review into the circumstances surrounding Munoz-Mendez’s release is “ongoing, to include a full internal investigation,” according to GDC Director of Public Affairs Joan Heath.

By Robert Thatcher

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