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Jail, Corrections Officials at Odds Over Release of Child Rapist

State and federal law enforcement officers are still looking for a convicted child molester mistakenly released from jail even after he was accused of raping another child.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- State and federal law enforcement officers are still looking for a convicted child molester mistakenly released from jail even after he was accused of raping another child.

Sheriff's office and corrections officials were at odds Monday over how 50-year-old Tony Edward Perry slipped through the cracks.

Perry was released last Wednesday -- five days after the Department of Community Correction issued a warrant asking for Perry to be held behind bars.

But DCC Deputy Director Dan Roberts says there is confusion within his agency over whether the warrant was delivered to the Pulaski County Jail where Perry was being held.

"Nobody brought a letter over," Pulaski Co. Sheriff Lt. Carl Minden said Monday.

Even without the warrant, Roberts says a July 31st letter DCC sent to sheriffs and police chiefs should have prevented Perry's release.
   
Minden says the sheriff's office, which oversees the jail, didn't receive the letter until Monday.

"They had 38 days to place a hold," Minden said of the time Perry spent behind bars after his latest rape arrest.  "The hold was never placed."

Now, with Perry out on the streets residents in the North Little Rock neighborhood where he lived before his arrest are worried.

"I used to see him sit out here all the time," said resident Sissy Hatton.

DCC says a team of US Marshals and local officers are working to track Perry down.


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