Suspect in rape cases is missing

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Deputies were searching Wednesday for a man mistakenly released from prison in Valdosta almost two weeks ago, even though he is charged in three sexual assaults in Richmond County.

Charles Anthony James  Special
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Charles Anthony James

Charles "Tony" Anthony James, 34, faces charges that include aggravated sodomy, kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated battery in attacks on three women in May and June of 2008. Because no bond was set on those charges, he should still be in custody. But he was released from Valdosta State Prison on Dec. 27, District Attorney Ashley Wright confirmed Wednesday.

From Valdosta, Mr. James boarded a bus bound for Augusta, according to Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles.

Mr. James was on parole when three victims were attacked in increasingly brutal assaults in 2008. He had been released from an electronic monitor just hours before the first attack occurred May 19. After he was arrested on the sexual assault charges, Mr. James' parole was revoked and he was sent back to prison to complete a 10-year sentence for a Dec. 27, 1999, robbery.

Mr. James completed that prison sentence on Dec. 27 and was released.

Normally, Ms. Wright said, the Department of Corrections will contact the sheriff's department and usually the district attorney's office that they need to file a detainer notice, which would have enabled Richmond County to pick him up. But no one contacted either office, Ms. Wright said..

In May 2008, in two separate incidents in the Harrisburg neighborhood, women reported they were walking when a man in a pickup offered them a ride. Both reported being attacked, although the first victim was able to escape from the truck. The next victim, and a woman who accepted a ride on June 18 told investigators they were trapped in the truck because the door handle and the window lever on the passenger side had been removed.

The woman attacked in June was found in a pool of blood behind a business off Mike Padgett Highway. Her knife wounds required surgery, according to reports in The Augusta Chronicle .

According to a search warrant used to look for evidence at Mr. James' home, the attacker had shaved off all of his body hair, used condoms and took all of the women's clothing and any items that might have yielded forensic evidence. According to the search warrant documents, officers found a large red stain on the seat of Mr. James' truck and found women's clothing in a trash can, along with items they believe contained DNA evidence.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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LivinATL
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LivinATL 01/07/10 - 09:19 am
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WTH?!?!?!! This isn't the

WTH?!?!?!! This isn't the first time that the DOC mistakenly let someone out of prison. As Ed Lover would say...."C'mon son....get the ______ outta here with that b.s." (youtube that if you don't get it) That is very very unexcusable!! HOW ON EARTH CAN MISTAKENLY LET SOMEONE OUT OF PRISON???

deekster
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deekster 01/07/10 - 09:37 am
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He served his ten years

He served his ten years sentence. Do you really expect DOC employees to "multitask? Probably someone forgot to file the necessary papers to "hold him" for the assault charges in Disgusta. More "Protect and Serve". Let one out, put one in.

coolchic
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coolchic 01/07/10 - 10:24 am
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Harrisburg? Butch pull out

Harrisburg? Butch pull out your gun man!

willienelson
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willienelson 01/07/10 - 11:01 am
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Livinatl, I'll bet employers

Livinatl, I'll bet employers will be begging you to come work for them. We all need folks who never make an error.

Notreally
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Notreally 01/07/10 - 11:08 am
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Wow less than 10 responses,

Wow less than 10 responses, hmmmm I wonder why. Hey RCR do you know why there aren't that many regular posters posting to this story?

naturehazard
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naturehazard 01/07/10 - 12:06 pm
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What women in there right

What women in there right mind. Would accept a ride from this creep. Thee women must have been on drugs.

whyme
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whyme 01/07/10 - 12:41 pm
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This kind of thing is why

This kind of thing is why women are reluctant to report a rape-fear that the guy will act on his threats of returning to get her if she tells-now he can. And naturehazard, you're right, people don't always use good sense when taking rides, but do they deserve to be raped and brutalized as he did? The paper never includes the whole story...

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 01/07/10 - 01:04 pm
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Notreally, because we all all

Notreally, because we all all too busy buying ammo and loading our guns just in case we run into him.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 01/07/10 - 01:05 pm
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"are" all too busy

"are" all too busy

Gothamist
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Gothamist 01/07/10 - 01:49 pm
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Sounds like “OUR D.A." and

Sounds like “OUR D.A." and S.O. dropped the ball here also to some extent. The "Paperwork" detainer notice should have already been filed and in the folder way before the December 27th release date. Why was The Augusta DA's office so complacent? Why didn’t the RCSO have this week marked on their calendar as a “pick up the mutt” date? They all had to be working this case, knowing the expected release date, organizing for the prosecution of this mutt. This guy is going to get a LIFE sentence. I pray to God he doesn’t hurt anyone else. Do you think he would be so stupid as to come back here? There is plenty of blame to go around aside from the warden. Why wasn’t he scheduled for prosecution HERE? AMERICAS MOST WANTED needs to PROFILE HIM ASAP.

LivinATL
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LivinATL 01/07/10 - 02:36 pm
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@willienelson.....for your

@willienelson.....for your info smart guy, I use to work for the Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles, Augusta District for a little over seven years and to let you know, this is not the first time DOC has made that mistake because of miscommunication within whatever correctional facility the inmate is released from...

LivinATL
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LivinATL 01/07/10 - 02:41 pm
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@deekster, you're probably

@deekster, you're probably right on that or as they would claim, they never got the fax. If you never got the fax on your end but the other end said it was delivered then upgrade on a new fax machine!

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montega12 01/07/10 - 04:23 pm
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why in the hell do these

why in the hell do these people get out just today in the paper a man got ten years for stealing 80 dollars worth of meat funny these two got the same time for two totally different crimes one theft the other a violent crime our criminal justice system is a joke

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 01/07/10 - 05:55 pm
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two totally not so different

two totally not so different crimes. Maybe two totally different circumstances? Maybe "meat stealer" was a repeat offender? Was the theft under violent circumstances? Theft & robbery are closely related, both violate someones private property. JSYK, I'm not EVEN trying to defend either of these scumbags.

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corgimom 01/07/10 - 07:35 pm
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He was released because he

He was released because he had served his sentence and could not legally be held at Valdosta State Prison any longer. I would also like to hear the DofC's version of the story. I understand that a 10 year sentence that begins on Dec. 27, 1999 ends on Dec. 27, 2009. Why didn't the RCSO and the DA's offices contact the prison? Don't they have calendars?

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 01/07/10 - 07:47 pm
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He could have been legally

He could have been legally detained and a hold placed on him by RCSO. It all depends on the guidelines and who should have made the notification. Right now it's looking like Valdosta State Prison.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/07/10 - 08:29 pm
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Yes, I understand that. But

Yes, I understand that. But again- doesn't RCSO have calendars? Do they not understand what a 10 year sentence means? Who was in charge of this case? The State Prison was supposed to notify them- why? 10 years means 10 years to me, does it mean something else to RCSO? This sounds a whole lot to me like the DA and RCSO messed up big time and they are trying to blame someone else for their major mistake. Why would anyone think that he was being released on any other day?

andywarhol
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andywarhol 01/08/10 - 07:18 am
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I didn't know dave Matthews

I didn't know dave Matthews was raping women in Augusta!

moma051381
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moma051381 01/08/10 - 12:20 pm
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you all are missing the

you all are missing the point!we as women have to becareful.they released this man back to us,that means he is probley alittle smarter!next time he may not leave them alive!!!!watch,you mother,wife and daughters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

andywarhol
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andywarhol 01/08/10 - 02:57 pm
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My mother, wife, nor

My mother, wife, nor daughters are prostitutes in Harrisburg.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/08/10 - 05:46 pm
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Yes, I would be frightened

Yes, I would be frightened too at the idea that a DA couldn't figure out when a convict would be released, after being given a 10 year sentence that started on December 27, 1999.

moma051381
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moma051381 01/08/10 - 08:24 pm
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andywarhol i don't know if

andywarhol i don't know if they were prosittutes but no one needs to be treated like that and what if his taste has changed?so you need to be thinking like that!!!!!he has 2 years to think!!!maybe you should stop blaming and help look for this person,then when he is caught then the blame can be cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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crackerjack 01/09/10 - 11:18 am
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There just isn't enough hours

There just isn't enough hours in the day to pay attention when a violent rapist is going free. Who will write the parking tickets?

Gothamist
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Gothamist 01/09/10 - 01:27 pm
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I think I'll keep talking to

I think I'll keep talking to myself- I think I figured it out. Follow the $$$ they say. Why spend the money on the prosecution, bond hearings etc, when the mutt went back to finish his sentence for 18 months. I equate this to the Mutt who gets shot three times and is in the hospital, with no charges filed or arrested (little secret, once this happens, the buck passes!) Then once the guy steps outside for a smoke, all hell breaks loose. MAYBE, just maybe the SO/DA should arrest the perps when the crime occurs, and have a Correction officer sit on him at the hospital like most jurisdictions do. Nah, that costs money.

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