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‘Screw-up’ behind release of molester

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POSTED December 7, 2017 8:31 p.m.

MERCED (AP) — A California sheriff says a “screw-up” led to the mistaken release of an inmate who had pleaded guilty to child molestation.
The Merced Sun-Star reported Thursday that Merced County jailers mistakenly allowed 38-year-old Primitivo Gonzalez to post bail on Nov. 22.
Gonzalez had pleaded guilty to repeatedly molesting a 5-year-old girl.
A judge had ordered him held without bail until sentencing, when he faced 35 years-to-life in prison.
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke says he takes responsibility for the mistaken release and has taken steps to prevent a repeat.
The sheriff defends not making public the man’s release.
He says he believed Gonzalez quickly returned to Mexico and is no longer a threat in Merced County.

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