2 Baltimore Co. officers cited for negligence Mistake led to release of convicted rapist

November 02, 1991|By Sandra Crockett | Sandra Crockett,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

An article in yesterday's editions incorrectly described the officers who face possible disciplinary action in connection with the mistaken release of a convicted rapist from the Baltimore County Detention Center. They are correctional officers employed by the county sheriff's office.

The Sun regrets the error.

Two Baltimore County police officers will be cited for negligence in the mistaken release of a convicted rapist from the Baltimore County Detention Center, county Sheriff Norman M. Pepersack Jr. said yesterday.

The sheriff declined to name the officers, who he said face administrative hearings and could be suspended, reprimanded or terminated. No criminal charges have been filed against the officers, he said.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

The mistake was made at 1:30 p.m. Sunday when convicted rapist Sheldon Lee Arrington, 24, was released on $1,000 bail instead of another prisoner, Prentiss Lee Arrington.

Sheldon Lee Arrington was awaiting sentencing for second-degree rape, second- and third-degree sex offenses, child abuse and battery. His victim was the 12-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, according to Baltimore County Circuit Court records.

One officer called the wrong section of the Detention Center and asked that "Arrington" be sent to the release area. A second officer processed the paperwork, Sheriff Pepersack said.

Detention Center officials believe that Sheldon Lee Arrington assumed he was being released on bail. A records officer discovered the error, two hours later.

Sheldon Lee Arrington, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds, was convicted by a jury on Oct. 25 and ordered held without bail pending sentencing. He could serve 65 years in prison.

The last known address for Sheldon Lee Arrington, who has been charged with escape, was on Westway North near Middle River.

Prentiss Lee Arrington, 26, was awaiting trial on theft and narcotics charges. He was released on bail after the mistake was discovered.

Police still are searching for Sheldon Lee Arrington who is believed to be in the state, the sheriff said. Baltimore and other

counties are helping with the search, he said.

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