Man freed by mistake recaptured


An inmate released in error last week was recaptured Tuesday and returned to the Charleston County jail, authorities said.

Sean DeLeon Doctor, 28, posted $250,000 bail and was released May 9 but was not eligible for release, Charleston County sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.

A report said the jail was alerted about the mistake by Preliminary Court Judge James B. Gosnell Jr., who recently had revoked bail for Doctor. The judge contacted the Cannon Detention Center after being told by North Charleston police that they’d seen Doctor on the streets, according to the report.

Brady said the jail immediately began a search for Doctor, and deputies picked him up 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.

Brady said 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.

Doctor was booked into the jail in 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 But when Doctor was released, it was not apparent to jailers that bail set for him on some of his earlier charges had been revoked, Brady said. “He should have been held on the old charges because the bond had been rescinded,” he said.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 jail, 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 jail 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. The judge revoked bond on the remaining charges that Doctor had posted bail on, and the order was transmitted electronically to the jail, 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.