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Police arrest man after releasing him despite active warrants

Everyone should know that sexual assault is a serious crime that can lead to jail time, community service and fines. Our readers in Baton Rouge might find this story about a man being released, and arrested again, interesting. According to news from Oct. 10, the man was allegedly a convicted felon who had only recently been booked for three rapes that occurred between 1992 and 2003.

This story might seem confusing, because the man was allowed to leave prison as a free man in August despite the New Orleans police claiming that he had three active warrants for his arrest against him. In fact, no one seemed to know that he was meant to be arrested until he was stopped for riding his bike the wrong way down a city block. The 59-year-old man was arrested at the scene, and now police are claiming that he never should have been let out of prison in the first place.

Police claim that the man was serving time for burglary at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. He was eligible for release in August, and that was what happened. However, during the time he was imprisoned, he was suspected in three different rape cases, all of which had gone cold according to the police reports. Although the rapes dated back as far as 1992, the police claimed that the DNA couldn't be linked until 2006.

Even though sexual assault cases are difficult to hear about, the defendants in these cases deserve a fair trial by an impartial judge and jury. Each defendant has rights that must be protected while the case moves through the court system. Criminal defense attorney ensure those rights are protected while working to provide the best defense for the charges their clients are facing.

Nola.com, "Felon wanted in 3 rapes walks free from prison; later arrested by NOPD in traffic stop" Helen Freund, Oct. 10, 2013

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