Inmate released in error recaptured

An inmate who was released in error last week was recaptured Tuesday and returned to the Cannon Detention Center, authorities said.

Sean DeLeon Doctor, 28, posted $250,000 bond and was released May 9 by the detention center, but was not eligible for release, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jim Brady said.

The error was discovered Monday, and a search for Doctor was begun, he said.

He said deputies picked up Doctor about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Fairwinds Apartments in North Charleston.

After initially refusing to come out, Doctor surrendered without incident, Brady said.

He said Doctor was not a resident of Fairwinds Apartments.

The error that led to the release is linked to the multiple charges and multiple bonds set after Doctor’s two arrests this spring, and to warrants served on him for a July, 2011 incident, Brady said.

Doctor was booked into the jail in both March and April of this year. Some of his charges were dismissed at a May preliminary hearing. But when Doctor was released, it was not apparent to jailers that bail set for him on some of his earlier charges had been revoked, Brady said.

“He should have been held on the old charges because the bond had been rescinded,” he said.

The Sheriff’s Office, which operates the detention center, has taken no disciplinary action but could, pending findings of the investigation. “An investigation into the cause of the clerical error is under way,” Brady said.

North Charleston police arrested Doctor in March and again in April, and he was out on bail when arrested in April, Brady said.

On March 31, Doctor was jailed on charges of failure to stop for blue lights, giving false information to police and leaving the scene of an accident.

While jailed, he was served warrants stemming from a July 7 incident and charged with two counts of malicious injury to property, resisting arrest, trafficking cocaine base and failure to stop for blue lights, Brady said.

While out on bail, Doctor was brought to the detention center April 11 on charges of trafficking cocaine, trafficking cocaine base, manufacturing cocaine base, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, unlawful carrying of a pistol and failure to stop for blue light.

At a May 7 hearing, the charges of trafficking cocaine, trafficking cocaine base and possession of a firearm during a violent crime were dismissed. During the hearing, the judge revoked bond on the remaining charges that Doctor had posted bond on, and the order was transmitted electronically to the detention center, Brady said.

The order was placed in Doctor’s file, but due to a clerical error the order was not typed into the electronic file, Brady said. He said that oversight enabled Doctor to be released on $250,000 bail set on the most recent charges.