A prison in Alabama has accidentally released a prisoner who had been serving 20 years behind bars for raping a 13-year-old girl since 2004.
According to The Daily Mail, 37-year-old Bobby Campbell Jr. got an early release after forged court documents tricked his jailers into letting him walk free, prison officials revealed on Thursday.
On November 17, Campbell was transferred to the Barbour County Jail from Fountain Correctional Facility on what the jailers thought was a legitimate court order.
From there, Campbell was essentially freed on one condition: he had to wear an electronic ankle monitor.
Prison officials reportedly didn’t even hear about Campbell’s release until they reviewed his file on Wednesday.
Records show that in December 2004, Campbell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl.
Campbell attempted to claim that the sex was consensual, but he was ultimately convicted of second-degree rape.
Authorities say Campbell has also faced theft and possession of drug paraphernalia charges over the years.
Although investigators do not know where Campbell is as of now, Barbour County Chief Deputy Ricky Dollar has declined to comment on the situation.
“Right now we are unsure about the real source of that fax and the origin of the document,” said prison spokesman Bob Horton. “It is still under investigation.”