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Man mistaken for child molester beaten and raped while falsely imprisoned for 525 days

November 23, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Man mistaken for child molester beaten and raped while falsely imprisoned for 525 days Randy Wiggins (left) was mistakenly arrested as Randy Williams (right) and spent 525 days in jail - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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According to the Daily News, a Georgia man spent 525 days in jail for another man’s crimes and was raped and beaten in the process.

On the night of his arrest, Randy Wiggins left his driver’s license at home, Clayton County deputies had arrested him on a warrant for Randy Williams.

Both he and Williams are black, a bit over six feet tall and weigh about 230 pounds, however only one of them was a convicted sex offender.

“People in jail, that’s one crime they don’t like. Someone that’s a child molester,” Wiggins’ attorney David Paul Smith, told the Daily News.

Inmates beat Wiggins and just recently, Smith learned his client had been raped as well while in jail.

Wiggins brother-in-law told WSB-TV this week, “If you want to be blunt about it, he was raped and he was beaten.”

Smith explained that that An argument ensued at the group home of Wiggins led to his arrest. The 41-year-old has a history of mental illness and had been collecting disability benefits.

However deputies mistook Wiggins for another man, he insisted during the June, 13, 2012 incident, but police failed to corroborate his alibi with existing records of Williams’ mug shots and fingerprints stored.

the real suspect, Randy Williams jumped bail after he failed to register as a sex offender. Both men had prior encounters with law enforcement and had records stored with Fulton County Jail.

Still, Wiggins remained in prison for almost two years until his true identity was discovered during a mental evaluation at Georgia Regional Hospital just days before his trial was to begin.

Smith says that Wiggins was in fear the whole time he was in jail because he was enduring beatings and threatening to kill him.”

Wiggins was finally released from the Fulton County Jail on Nov. 20, 2013, while, Williams has been on the loose.

In order to gain the release of Wiggins, the charges against Randy Williams were dropped which would no longer require him to register as a sex offender, Smith said.

This week, the Fulton County jail and sheriff’s office have been named in a civil complaint filed this week in federal court demanding punitive damages.

The suit alleges that Wiggins was falsely imprisoned and arrested, the suit claims he is the victim of a malicious prosecution and negligence at the hands of Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and its correctional staff.

The lawsuit was filed by a relative on behalf of Wiggins because of the state of his mental health. He is still recovering from the ordeal at Georgia Regional Health.

Smith added, “He’s not really in great shape, They’re just trying to stabilize him.”

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is unable to give an explanation as to why Wiggins spent two years imprisoned and was mistaken as Williams, but would not give any further comments to WSB-TV because of the ongoing federal lawsuit, the station reported.

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