Jail reviews security after child molester escape

Mar 13, 2015 12:49 PM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Northern California officials are reviewing jail security a week after a suspected child molester overpowered his single guard and escaped from custody.

Johnell Carter remains on the lam after his escape while on an out-of-jail visit to a medical clinic March 6. Carter was handcuffed and shackled at the waist when he fought with his guard outside the clinic. The guard suffered a shoulder injury. A manhunt of more than 50 law enforcement officials and police helicopter failed to find Carter.

Carter was arrested a year ago and charged with sexually abusing a young relative. He was classified as a minimum security inmate, which are guarded by a single deputy when taken outside court.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Friday that jail officials are reviewing security procedures.

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