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Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 6:16am.

ROANOKE RAPIDS, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina prison worker has resigned after mistakenly releasing an inmate accused of kidnapping and raping a woman the next day. Authorities say caseworker James Smith Jr. was supposed to release 38-year-old Antwaan Clanton to Halifax County deputies last week after he finished serving two years at the Odom Correctional Facility on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense. But officials say Clanton was set free instead and attacked and raped a woman sitting in her car in the Halifax Medical Center parking lot the next day. Prison officials say Smith failed to check a court database for pending charges before releasing Clanton. Clanton remains in the Halifax County Detention Center. It was unclear if he had an attorney. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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