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Rapist serving life sentence accidentally released from Georgia prison

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REIDSVILLE, Ga. – Authorities are asking people to be on the lookout after a convicted rapist serving a life sentence was accidentally released from prison.

Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez, 31, had been incarcerated since April 2015 when he was convicted of rape and aggravated child molestation in Gwinnett County (Ga.).

However, the Georgia Department of Corrections reported Monday that Munoz-Mendez had been released "in error" from the state prison in Reidsville on Monday, WSB reports.

"All resources are being utilized to ensure the rapid apprehension of Munoz-Mendez," said spokeswoman Lori Benoit. "The public is reminded to call 911 and do not approach." 

Those with information on Munoz-Mendez are asked to contact the Georgia Department of Corrections at 478-992-5111.