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This is what we know about the convicted rapist mistakenly released from prison

The public wasn't notified of this mistake until Monday although he was released Friday.

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A convicted rapist was serving a life sentence before he was accidentally released from prison on Friday morning. 

Now, authorities are searching for him. Munoz-Mendez is described as 5'9" and weighs around 186 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.  

This is what we know.

  • According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez was set free from Rogers State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.
  • The public was notified Monday, October 28. 
  • He was convicted and charged with two counts of rape and aggravated child molestation in Gwinnett County for crimes he committed in 2010 and 2012.
  • The Gwinnett County prosecutor on the rape case, John Warr, said Munoz-Mendez had been living with his girlfriend and her family. When the girl was about 10, Munoz-Mendez began to molest her, and then he raped her repeatedly beginning in 2010. 
  • Munoz-Mendez continued to insist, through his trial, that he had done nothing wrong.
  • The girl's mother never reported the crime to authorities and believed Munoz-Mendez denial until she was charged and pleaded guilty to/with Child Cruelty in the Second Degree, for failing to intervene to save her daughter.
  • His life sentence began in April 2015, according to Department of Corrections records.  He has only served four and a half years of his life sentence when he was released on Friday by mistake. 
  • Warr says no one from the state notified him, or the girl - now in her teens - or her foster mother, that Munoz-Mendez is out and on the run.
  • It's not yet clear exactly how or why he was released.

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Georgia’s Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help in catching Munoz-Mendez, and warning people - if you see him, don’t approach him, but call 911.

The prosecutor who helped put him away said it's incomprehensible to imagine how a convicted rapist was let out by mistake. 

RELATED: Prosecutor who helped put away convicted rapist: 'It’s incomprehensible' inmate was released by mistake, victim wasn't told

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