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Accused rapist served two prison terms

Rochester, N.Y. - The day after Michael Caruthers, 23,  was released from prison, he was arrested, accused of raping a teenage girl Saturday morning.  According to Rochester Police, the girl was attacked on near Liberty Pole Way.

According to court documents, Caruthers served two prison terms.  He was convicted of grand larceny auto and criminal possession of a controlled substance in 2009.   He was sent back to prison in 2013 on two counts of robbery. 

According to police, the sexual assault happened just a couple blocks from the Salvation Army shelter Caruthers was scheduled to live as a parolee.

Despite concerns from the Parole Board, who stated on record that Caruthers was "incompatible with public safety and welfare" and that he would probably break the law again; Caruthers was conditionally released from Watertown Correctional Friday.

His freedom was short-lived. Caruthers was arrested Saturday, back behind bars. He was remanded to the Monroe County Jail without bail after he pled not guilty to felony rape and criminal sex act charges, as well as a misdemeanor for criminal obstruction of breathing in Rochester City Court Monday morning.

"I'm glad he's back in prison, it makes no sense for somebody to be out on the streets like that, it's sad that they keep letting those people out to harm people," said Robin Matthews of Rochester. "That could have been my daughter."

Convicted of robbery, Caruthers had served two-thirds of his five-year maximum sentence and in accordance with state law, the department decided to grant him a conditional release, even though the Parole Board expressed concerns he would commit another crime.

According to the State Department of Corrections, Caruthers got dropped off at a Watertown bus stop Friday morning. It's only about a two-and-half-hour ride to Rochester but Caruthers did not show up to the address where he was supposed to check in. At 70 Liberty Pole Way, Caruthers was supposed to move into the Salvation Army's shelter that houses homeless people and parolees.

"He never showed up," said Domenic Calabrese, who has been staying at the shelter for the last week. "He was supposed to come here, he was on his way here actually so, once I saw the story I was like wow, that's crazy."

Based on a description the alleged victim provided to police, Caruthers was taken into custody after RPD officers spotted him in the area. Before that, he was not on their radar-- Caruthers did not violate parole because he had 24-hours to report to his supervisor but he did break the conditions of his release by not checking in at the Salvation Army.

If police or the parole office had been notified, law enforcement officials said a warrant for Caruther's arrest could have gone out Friday, before he allegedly attacked a teenage girl.

Phone calls and emails to administrators at the Salvation Army were not returned Monday.


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