06/20/2015 09:45 am ET | Updated Jun 20, 2015

Sex Offender Freed Because Of Paperwork Error

A sex offender and methamphetamine addict sentenced to 15 years is on the loose after a paperwork miscue led to his release in Missouri.

Jeffrey Haywood, 44, was freed from the Jackson County Detention Center in May despite pleading guilty in federal court in April to fraud after stealing credit cards, according to Fox 4 Kansas City. He's also a registered sex offender, according to KMBC, and the U.S. Marshals have said he's a meth addict.

The mistake of turning Haywood loose occurred sometime after the Missouri Department of Corrections transferred him to the county jail to face a local charge. But exactly who's to blame is unclear. The corrections department reportedly claimed it told Jackson County officials that Haywood had a federal conviction, while Jackson County said it had no record of the federal case. He was released on his own recognizance after appearing in court for an unspecified municipal charge in Jackson County.

Haywood is 6-foot-1, weighs 160 pounds, and has hazel eyes and grey hair. The U.S. Marshals have said Haywood could be in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.

He is "wanted — out of custody," according to the Missouri Department of Corrections website. The site said that Haywood's "active offenses" include tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

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