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Backgrounds checked twice in future

August 8, 2005

Americus- Americus and Sumter County law enforcers are now double checking the backgrounds of people they arrest after a mistake in May helped put a sex offender back on the street.

Fred Revels was arrested for attacking at nurse at Sumter Regional Hospital the day after he got out of Reidsville State Prison. No one ran a background check, so no one realized Revels just finished a five year sentence for child molestation.

He got out the next day on bond and a week later was arrested for attacking another woman on Lee Street in Americus. So that doesn't happen again, the police department and sheriff's office changed their policies.

"We put a redundant system in," said Americus Police Chief, James Green. "We'll run a check on every person we arrest and then when they're delivered to the sheriff's department for incarceration, they'll do a background check also to make sure."

At first, officers didn't know Rogers was on probation either, because of a clerical error made in the probation office when Rogers was convicted 5 years ago. No one will be disciplined for either of the mistakes.

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