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Man mistakenly released from Salt Lake jail pleads guilty to attempted rape
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A 28-year-old man who was mistakenly released from jail over the summer after being arrested on suspicion of rape and burglary may not be getting out again for a long time.

Anthony Santos Moultry, who gained brief notoriety in August when he was mistakenly released from the Salt Lake County jail, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to second-degree felony attempted rape.

Moultry, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he forced his way into her Murray apartment, is scheduled to be sentenced in early February.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped three additional charges: burglary, a second degree felony, and misdemeanor counts of theft and lewdness.

According to charging documents filed in 3rd District Court, Moultry entered the female victim's apartment near 900 E. Pineway Drive (4900 South) in Murray between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Aug. 3, and repeatedly sexually assaulted her while threatening to kill her. After allegedly forcing the victim to watch him masturbate, Moultry purportedly stole the victim's wallet before he left.

Just four days after he was arrested, Moultry was released from jail after having reached the statutory 72-hour limit on incarceration without formal charges being filed against him.

This was a mistake, as an incarceration extension order had been filed by prosecutors — but was missed by Moultry's jailers somewhere along the way.

Moultry was recaptured within several hours of his release after a manhunt was launched.

At the time of his recapture, Moultry's wife, Rainey Moultry, was arrested in connection with the case on suspicion of second-degree felony obstruction of justice.

She was never charged.


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Courts • In plea deal, prosecutors dismiss three additional charges.
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