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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7 2013 8:05 p.m. MDT

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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

BarkforSark
PROVO, UT

I don't even know how something like this happens. Very embarrassing. The person responsible for this error should be fired immediately without question.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

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.

Mugabe
ACWORTH, GA

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.

BigBenzo88
Herriman, UT

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?

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