As concerning as this is... I'm equally concerned with the following:"The best option for Moultry would be to turn himself in, the
sheriff said, though the man faces no additional penalty if he
doesn't."How is this the case? Because it was a mistake?
It's no different than someone having a warrant out for their arrest. If
they avoid the warrant, they should be penalized. This man either will have
known it was a mistake, or will know soon enough. His picture in the news and
his family and friends being asked about him is plenty enough for him to
know.I understand no additional penalty for 3 days or a week or
something. But if he doesn't turn himself in, there should be a penalty.
Otherwise, what possible motive does he have to come in? He might as well try to
hide. If he makes it for 20 years it will have been no worse for him.This just doesn't make sense to me. It's absurd.
I don't even know how something like this happens. Very embarrassing. The
person responsible for this error should be fired immediately without question.
It is hard enough to get these hardcore criminals behind bars in the first
place, now we can't even keep them there? There should be immediate
firings, as letting a rapist back into the general population is inexcusable.
Again, the court of popular opinion is in session. I don't condone any
manner of crime, but I think we need to wait until all of the facts are in.
There are questions that need to be answered before judgment can be passed.
Just because a police report says something happen, doesn't mean that it
actually happen.the first question is, had the two people had a
prior relationship before the alleged rape?I know of a case where a
girl claimed that she was raped by a man that she invited into her home to have
intimate relationship with, but the man refused to pay, after the episode and
the girl screamed rape.I am not saying that this is the case, I am
only suggesting that we wait to know the truth, which may never be told.
This is an embarrassing incident but dangerous as well. Hopefully this man will
be found. However...we have to take into account the presumption of innocence
and the right to post bail.A few things: 1) I am confused like the
Sheriff...how do 5 checks and balances get missed? 2) The presumption on
innocence. I believe there is more to this story. The accused was only charged
with rape, burglary and theft. Charges I felt were missing were home invasion
and aggravated felony assault. This opens up the possibility that this
wasn't a random act of violence, he may have known the victim and that he
may be in or may have been in a relationship with the victim. 3) The ability to
post bail. At this point, the fact that he is not in jail is nothing different
than if he had posted bail...with the only difference being that there is no
bail for collateral.At this point there is no motivation for him to
come forward. I'm sure he will caught eventually...hopefully sooner than
later. The question is...can the case against him still move forward without
his appearance...or does it just stop?